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Only two wards operational at Bophelong Psychiatric Hospital, Mafikeng

The statement below follows an oversight by the DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Health, Lindy Wilson MP, and the DA Spokesperson for Health in the North West Province, Dr Tutu Faleni MPL, to the Bophelong Psychiatric Hospital and the Mafikeng Provincial Hospital. Pictures can be found here, here, here, here and here. Yesterday, during an…

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Priority must be given to building a highly effective primary health care system that responds to those who are vulnerable to illness and disease

The following speech was delivered in Parliament today by the DA’s Shadow Minister of Health, Dr Wilmot James MP, during the Budget Vote on Health. South Africa lives with the world’s highest epidemic of HIV/AIDS, a preventable disease that brought widespread death, extraordinary misery and great hardship to the people. Close to half of the…

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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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