Minister promises to improve healthcare

2012-07-05 22:29
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced measures to beef up state health services. 9Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced measures to beef up state health services. 9Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced measures to beef up state health services at a conference in Johannesburg on Thursday.

These included sending more students for training to Cuba, building new hospitals, refurbishing nursing colleges and appointing a health ombudsman.

From September this year, 1 000 matriculants will be sent to Cuba to train as medical doctors, up from the current 60 students per year.

Government also planned to pay private sector doctors to work a certain number of hours at state clinics.

The minister said the state would spend R1.4bn on the refurbishment of 102 nursing colleges across the country.

"We believe the decision to close nursing colleges was a wrong decision," he said.

Motsoaledi said while the public sector had to improve its efficiencies, the private sector needed to control its costs.

"Health is a public good. It cannot be left to the dictates of the market," he said.

Motsoaledi said his department would try and improve hygiene, infection control, long queues in hospitals, drug shortages and the safety of staff.

A health ombudsman would be appointed to create a platform for the public to lodge complaints.

Motsoaledi said there were plans to introduce a school health system which would deal with immunisation, the use of drugs and alcohol, and teenage pregnancy.
- SAPA
Read more on:    aaron motsoaledi  |  health
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
14 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may come back into focus. You may get a second chance to say what needs to be said. The important focus today is to not...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.