Motsoaledi: SA health care destructive

2010-10-23 22:29

Johannesburg - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Saturday said the country's heath care services were "destructive, unsustainable and expensive", the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) said.

The minister raised concern on the "curative" rather than "preventative" health system that existed, spokesperson Asanda Fongqo said in a statement.

Motsoaledi was addressing the union's national congress in Bela Bela, Limpopo.

"He (Motsoaledi) admitted that the country is not doing well in health and education...and said there is a very strong need to go back to primary healthcare," said Fongqo.

The minister gave a presentation of the 10-point plan by the health department to respond to the challenges it faced.

Motsoaledi said he was also concerned that 86% of the population did not have medical aid.