Cautious welcome for health budget

By Drum Digital
26 April 2012

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and law centre Section 27 have "cautiously" welcomed Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi's health budget speech this week.

The two groups said in a statement on Thursday there were a number of problems with the quality of health services, which required urgent attention.

"We commend the department on growing evidence of some success in turning around the response to HIV and TB. We are concerned that Dr Motsoaledi's speech did not provide the concrete 'plans', which are needed to deal with a number of important issues, that are hindering the equitable provision of good quality health care to all South Africans."

The groups said Motsoaledi still had to provide detail on how money allocated for National Health Insurance in pilot districts would be used.

Clarity was needed on the time frames for establishing the Office of Health Standards Compliance, and what measures would be taken to prevent the ongoing shortages of critical medicines at facilities around the country.

It was also unclear how the department intended managing pending budget shortfalls in provinces that "continue to mismanage resources available to them".

The minister should elaborate on what concrete steps were being taken to root out corruption, the two groups said.

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