NHI to be rolled out in KZN areas

2012-02-21 19:37

Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu-Natal will roll out the National Health Insurance (NHI) in two districts this year, Premier Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday.

"At long last, after so many years it fills me with joy to proclaim that the NHI is here. And it is here to stay," he said in his state-of-the-province address.

The two districts would be announced by Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

The premier said the government was sorting out compliance matters from national, provincial and local government levels ahead of the rollout.

The NHI would require sufficient staff, especially nurses.

"The vacancies of all nursing posts in hospitals and clinics must be filled and training of nurses fast-tracked. Without this the NHI will be doomed to fail."

The health department describes the NHI as a financing system that will ensure all South Africans have access to healthcare, regardless of their employment status and ability to contribute to the NHI fund.

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-02-21 20:03

    So it is not really NHI, but DHI (district health insurance)

  • Nico - 2012-02-21 20:29

    Is he a joke or what? Does he even know what he is talking about?? Pathetic!

  • Max - 2012-02-21 20:39

    Dream on Mr. Minister, all of us that know what is going on in the Government Health Sector can tell you that this NHI plan will never work and is doomed to fail before it even started. Mr. Minister, surely even you with your seemingly limited intellectual capacity can see with your own eyes or at least read a newspaper, to understand that you are barking up the wrong tree with this NHI plan.

  • Tiron - 2012-02-21 20:53

    Just look how Limpopo and Gauteng dept of health are going at the moment! This despite a huge percentage of the GDP set aside for health care. NHI will just be a huge cake of corruption for ANC comrades to take from!

  • Tanya - 2012-02-22 01:32

    Nurses aren't the only thing they'll need - or hasn't he noticed the poor (or complete lack of) food, lack of linen, basic hospital supplies and equipment, run down hospitals and clinics that aren't anywhere near the sanitary levels they should be…. and try fast track nurses training and he'll end up with glorified maids. Seriously, why the hell don't they fix what's wrong first BEFORE implementing something like this that's doomed to failure… at our expense

  • Dave - 2012-02-22 12:11

    NHI cannot work currently until the following is sorted out: a) Corruption in the Government Health Sector. (the health sector in some provinces is currently non-functional!! b) The improvement of training facitiles for nurses, a decent wage for nurses and good working conditions. (you can not "fast track" nursing staff!!! FFS they are responsible for someones life !!! c) your also going to need Dr's and numerous people in administration, maintenance, supply chain management etc.. all of which in most public hospitals are lacking! An example a large private hospital in Durban required nurses, they advertised and interviewed hundreds (on paper they were OK) hands on they were not up to the task, so what did they do, imported 50 nurses from India ! so much for job creation and that basically tells you how our new local nurses are being trained! sisters that basically equivalent to nurse aids! (not all of them their are the lucky few!!) Sort that out before you start to throw money at it! as throwing money at it is going to be one big hole!

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