ANC agrees with Motlanthe on health

2012-11-05 21:25


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Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape ANC said on Monday it fully agreed with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's call for doctors to focus on their patients and not the money they could earn.

ANC provincial spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane said in a statement: "In line with our commitment to the National Health Insurance... we call on all doctors to join the programme in big numbers so that we increase the number of doctors in rural areas.

"When we get more doctors and health professionals in rural and township clinics and hospitals, we will be able to cure our people from a number of ailments."

According to a report in The New Age on Monday, Motlanthe told the SA Medical Association's (Sama) branch in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday that doctors needed to participate in community development.

"Those who practice medicine would understand that the underlying basis of their craft is first and foremost the restoration of health, the prevention of disease, and promotion of well-being over and above material and financial gain," he said.

"As much as they too must earn a living, medicine is an essential service for our people and is fundamentally different from all other commercial enterprises."

Qoboshiyane said ANC branches had to ensure that local clinics and hospitals provided quality care to their communities.

"Our branches must ensure that health information reaches our communities, including members not belonging to the ANC because we lead society," he said.

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