Nehawu concerned over partnership in healthcare

2010-02-12 12:16

National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is

happy with President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address, but concerned

about the plan to use public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the health sector’s

10-point plan, the union said today.


“While we support the raising of funds from the private sector to

build new hospitals and improve infrastructure in preparation for the national

health insurance, we are totally against the use of PPPs regarding management

and operations of facilities,” said Nehawu general secretary Fikile

Majola.


The 10-point plan includes an overhaul of the healthcare system and

improving its management; improving the quality of healthcare; human resource

planning, development and management; infrastructure revitalisation as well as

the national health insurance.


Majola said: “The union believes the state has to be the sole agent

of change and while we are open to engagement with government, we will fiercely

oppose the use of PPPs in the health sector.”


Nehawu welcomed the address, adding that it hoped more details on

issues raised would be made available during the budgets votes.


“We hope to see further details regarding the plans outlined in

Zuma’s address translated into funded programmes in the national budget,” said

Majola.


The union supported the president’s announcement that ministers

would sign detailed performance delivery agreements with timeframes on the

delivery of targets set.


Nehawu wanted government to review all the lavish and unnecessary

privileges enjoyed by public officials in all three spheres of government, he

said.


“We are happy with the commitment to ensure that an additional two

million children from poor households, aged 15 to 18, will benefit from the

child support grant in the next three years.


“We also welcome government’s reaffirmation of its commitment to

the implementation of the national health insurance, building and upgrading of

health facilities and further improving the working conditions of healthcare

workers.”

 

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