Mot­soaledi’s delu­sions of ad­e­quacy

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS -

YOU’D think by now we’d have got used to the ar­ro­gance of the pub­lic ser­vice em­ploy­ees whose gen­er­ous salaries and perks we pro­vide. Un­for­tu­nately, at the mo­ment, one such per­son seems to be­lieve that he is “Chair­man Mao in 1950s Com­mu­nist China”.

I re­fer, of course, to Health Min­is­ter Aaron Mot­soaledi and his lat­est white pa­per on the pro­posed Na­tional Health Ser­vice.

Apart from the in­escapable fact that, within 20 years, the ANC gov­ern­ment has ac­tu­ally al­lowed the pub­lic health ser­vice to de­te­ri­o­rate to a point where fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices are worse than un­der the apartheid gov­ern­ment, he seems to think that throw­ing more money into the deep black pit of in­com­pe­tence, will some­how pro­duce a bet­ter re­sult than it has to date.

His lat­est pro­pos­als are noth­ing short of bizarre!

At the risk of chal­leng­ing his delu­sions of ad­e­quacy, al­low me to point out that, as a cit­i­zen of the coun­try and a tax­payer, I will not be dic­tated to by a pub­lic ser­vant, as to how I will spend my af­ter-tax earn­ings.

I will de­cide which med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als ser­vices I will use, as well as the med­i­cal fa­cil­ity I will choose to visit. That is my con­sti­tu­tional right.

By the same to­ken, any med­i­cal pro­fes­sional has the same con­sti­tu­tional right to de­cide where and how they choose to of­fer their ser­vices. Should the gov­ern­ment deny them this right, there are any num­ber of for­eign coun­tries that would be only too will­ing to make use of their ex­per­tise.

Fi­nally, is the min­is­ter go­ing to deny en­trepreneurs the op­por­tu­nity to in­vest their cap­i­tal in es­tab­lish­ing state of the art med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, of­fer­ing the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal med­i­cal equip­ment and the best med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als?

Of course not. Where would all of his ANC cab­i­net min­is­ters go for treat­ment? Mitch Laun­spach No­ord­heuwel, Mo­gale City.

His lat­est pro­pos­als are noth­ing short of bizarre!

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