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Netcare shows its about money - union

2010-11-10 20:04

Johannesburg - Nehawu on Wednesday said the conviction of Netcare Kwa-Zulu (NKZ) on charges of illegal kidney transplants was indicative of the attitude of the private hospital in the country.

"Netcare's immoral and criminal behaviour shows us that the private health company's primary concern is not to improve and provide quality healthcare to South Africans but how much money they can make from the plight of the sick and poor people," said Nehawu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla in a statement.

Comments by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) come after NKZ was fined R4m by the Commercial Crimes Court after it pleaded guilty to charges of illegal kidney transplants at its St Augustine Hospital in Durban.

NKZ faced 100 counts on three main charges, including that the hospital's staff had illegally acquired kidneys between 2001 and November 2003.

It was also charged with performing transplants in which five of the suppliers were minors, and receiving payments for the operations.

Nehawu called for the immediate implementation of government's national health insurance (NHI).

"Nehawu as a transformative union is calling for the immediate implementation of the NHI without the public private partnerships (PPP's) because the private sector has got no role in the management and operations of health institutions," the union said.

The system, it added, would address the disparity that has resulted in South Africa being one of the most unequal societies in the world.

The system would ensure that the poor access free healthcare regardless of whether they were employed or not.

The union said that private health companies were opposed to the implementation to the NHI as it threatened their business interests.

Comments
  • Lestor - 2010-11-10 20:44

    Genralisations are always fun. netcare is bad all private hopitals are bad. One trade union is bad so all trade unions are bad. One government offitial is corrupt so all government offitials are corrupt. yada yada no one cares. All I wonder is why people actually buy into this stuff (not meaning the NHI just this line of reasoning). Besides its clear they are just looking for reasons to call for the NHI making them biased on this topic meaning I must question for my self and not listen to them.

  • Brendan - 2010-11-10 21:07

    Because all SA public hospitals are models for top notch health care?

  • aprime - 2010-11-10 21:15

    If a business cannot make money why open in the first place - If you want free healthcare go to clinics and goverment hospitals like I do -

  • trevor.franzoi - 2010-11-10 21:46

    SO now when a private institution is caught doing something (and it was only certain individuals involved I am sure, not the entire group) the unions jump up and down and want IMMEDIATE action. What happens when ministers are caught out? Oh yes! I forgot, all they need to do is apologise and all is forgiven. Funny how there are two sets of rules in SA. Those for the private sector and then those for Govt sector!!!!!!!!

  • tdejongh - 2010-11-10 21:48

    OK ... by extension then. The black man is corrupt, lazy and incompetent. The black man invades farms and commits acts of senseless violence. The black man is not able to run this country. I therefore call for the immediate relocation of the black man to a homeland where he can evolve separately from civilized society.

      Zion - 2010-11-22 08:37

      Give it a bone. You aught to know that your statements are nonsensical.

  • tdejongh - 2010-11-10 21:49

    OK ... by extension then. The black man is corrupt, lazy and incompetent. The black man invades farms and commits acts of senseless violence. The black man is not able to run this country. I therefore call for the immediate relocation of the black man to a homeland where he can evolve sea

  • W de Koker - 2010-11-10 21:56

    So Nehawu, please tell us about what are the public hospitals? Surely they don't care for their patients. Let's ask the doctor who was raped two weeks ago, or shall we ask the patients who were turned away during your strike what they think....

  • floatingmedic - 2010-11-10 21:57

    Amazing !!!! One private enterprise does one bad thing amongst all the good they do and they are lambasted for it. Why then don't the unions do the same to all the politicians that get caught.... maybe because they are also getting kickbacks or something. Any private industry tries to make money, thats why they get started in the first place. I'm not defending Netcare. If they broke the law, then they have paid the penalty. However to immediately insist on NHI is like playing Russian Roulette with all 6 chamber of the gun loaded.

  • Nicholas - 2010-11-21 21:36

    No generalisation was made, the article reads "... the private hospital ...", making the accusation singular. However, one has to question the ethics of a union that had its members go on strike for higher wages whilst patients died due to lack of care. Nehawu is hardly fit to pass judgement on moral ethics! Worst of all is that even when workers in state hospitals are "working", the quality of the work is woeful and the dedication sadly lacking. I get so sad when I consider the state of our healthcare, and I should know because I am involved. I get scared when I consider the state of anything else because I'm not. And ignorance ain't bliss.

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