Free State health workers protest – Independent Online

REUTERS A normal-sized gurney (L) is pictured alongside an oversized one. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry Bloemfontein – Disgruntled Free State community healthcare workers forced their way into Bophelo House, the provincial health department’s headquarters, on Friday the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) said. Around 50 people who had not received salaries for more than two months staged a sit-in inside the building. They are receiving support from the TAC. TAC spokeswoman Mary-Jane Matsolo said they were demonstrating after submitting a memorandum to health MEC Benny Malakoane several weeks ago. In it, they said that, among other things, they did not want to be paid by non-governmental organisations, but wanted to be absorbed into the government. “As of now,…

HRC gives Mpumalanga until March to fix health crisis – South African Broadcasting Corporation

The Commission conducted an investigation after receiving a complaint from the DA (SABC) The South African Human Rights Commission (HRC) has given the Mpumalanga Department of Health until the end of March next year to improve the standards of Health care services rendered. The Commission conducted an investigation after receiving a complaint from the Democratic Alliance in 2012 that hospitals did not have adequate infrastructure, doctors and facilities. HRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, says Rob Ferreira Hospital in Nelspruit, Matibidi Hospital in Bushbuckridge and Bernice Samuel Hospital in Delmas have been sampled and been found to be in a dire state. Mangena says the situation in Mpumalanga’s hospitals is a reflection of what South Africa’s hospitals…

Massive health overhaul for E Cape – South Africa.info

Gabi Khumalo 20 September 2013 Two hospitals and eight clinics in the OR Tambo district are to be demolished and rebuilt from scratch as part of a massive overhaul of the health care system in the Eastern Cape, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Thursday. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria, Motsoaledi said that both the Department ofHealth Department and National Treasury were aware of the major health, financial and resources challenges in the Eastern Cape. This was especially the case in OR Tambo, one of 11 districts selected to pilot South Africa’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Motsoaledi said OR Tambo had been chosen as a pilot district “specifically because we wanted to take that…