Johannesburg - The ANC and DA have a good understanding
of health issues, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) said on Thursday.
"A number of parties standing in the elections seem
to have a very poor understanding of the complexities of delivering healthcare
in a country like South Africa," the TAC said in its analysis of political
party responses to the people's health manifesto.
"Furthermore, the poorly formulated responses
submitted by many parties show a disregard for the issues from our communities
that we put to these parties."
TAC said it sent out its people's health manifesto with
11 questions to 20 political parties last month.
Ten parties responded.
They were: the ANC, DA, African Christian Democratic
Party (ACDP), Agang SA, Azanian People's Organisation, Freedom Front Plus, IFP,
Pan Africanist Movement, Patriotic Alliance and the United Democratic Movement.
The ANC and the DA submitted the best responses, the TAC
It said it was disappointed that parties such as the
Congress of the People and Economic Freedom Fighters did not respond.
"While we are most concerned by the failure of some
parties to respond, the poor quality of some of the responses that we did
receive is also worrying.
"We are disappointed that a number of parties
engaged only superficially with our 11 questions," the TAC said.
Agang SA had made a good point about needing more
qualified and capable people in the health system, but it failed to show any
understanding of the system beyond this one issue.
TAC said UDM did the worst and failed to respond directly
to the questions and only sent general comments.
"Parties that have shown they do not understand or
appreciate the importance of health services also display a contempt of the
"Rather than uninformed rhetoric, we much prefer the
ACDP's approach of simply admitting to it when they are not on top of the
issue," the TAC said.
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