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DA to ask Competition Commission to probe Aspen anti-competitive allegations

The DA will today write to the Competition Commission (CC) and the Medicines Control Council (MCC), as the body responsible for the regulation of the pharmaceutical industry in South Africa, to request that they investigate the market conduct of leading South African pharmaceutical company Aspen Pharmacare. Recent reports in the United Kingdom and South Africa…

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Budget 2017: More to the NHI black hole

Today the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, in his budget speech announced that the government would be moving into the next phase of the NHI, by creating a NHI fund. The minister’s proposed funding mechanism is very similar to the financing model at the heart of the Democratic Alliance’s Our Health Plan (OHP). Whilst the…

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Esidimeni death toll rises

I have been informed of another death of a patient transferred from Life Esidimeni to the Shammah NGO based in Cullinan. According to his brother, he died this week and was in an emaciated condition. This gives urgency to the need to close down the dodgy NGOs and transfer the patients to decent facilities as…

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ANC denies SA quality health care and dignity

Note to editors: The following speech was delivered in Parliament today by the DA’s Shadow Minister of Health, Dr Wilmot James MP, during the State of the Nation (SONA) Debate in the National Assembly this afternoon. Last Thursday, Speaker Baleka Mbete refused to hold a moment of silence for the 94 South Africans who died…

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SONA 2017: DA expects another year of “Broken Promises” from Zuma

President Zuma is set to deliver the 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA) before a joint sitting of Parliament in 48 hours’ time. The Democratic Alliance (DA) expects the President to once again use this opportunity to make a long list of promises and deliverables, which will not be heard of again after the…

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DA demands Regulatory Impact Assessment of ban on private health insurance for the poor

The publication of the “Demarcation Regulations” by the Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, and the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, finally gives effect to the deeply misguided decision to phase out private health insurance for low income households. This poorly conceived decision demonstrates just how ideologically constrained the Ministers have become when it comes to…

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Nursing shortage of thousands requires a parliamentary inquiry

I have written a letter to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Health requesting that a parliamentary inquiry, pursuant to National Assembly Rule 167, be undertaken into the state of the nursing profession in South Africa which sees an alarming shortage in the thousands. This in itself could have damaging effects on our nation’s ability to…

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Man’s death shows need for Gauteng to fix poor Joburg ambulances

I am outraged that a slow response by a Johannesburg emergency ambulance has reportedly led to the death of Klipspruit West resident Daniel Hoker (62). This was after he deteriorated following a 3-day power failure that cut off his oxygen machine. According to his family, an ambulance was called at 9am on Wednesday this week…

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Joburg mortuary crisis must be sorted out

The Gauteng Health Department needs to speedily sort out the staff crisis at the Johannesburg Mortuary arising from a botched disciplinary action against a principal specialist doctor accused of death threats against the mortuary manager and other abusive behaviour. Seven female staff members had laid a formal grievance against the doctor, and he was found…

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Minister Motsoaledi, we urge you to take bold action against the HPCSA

Honourable Chairperson, One of our nation’s most vital resources is its health workforce. The budget reflects this, allocating R2.5 billion to HRH planning under Programme 5. However, while funding is important, the provision of adequate support to health professionals is just as crucial. Moreover, action needs to be taken against anyone who interferes with the…

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