Friday, September 26, 2008

DA says there a lot for new Health Minister to fix

By Sasha Forbes
26 September 2008


The DA welcomes he fact that former Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has been fired given that so many people have died due to Aids because of her strange policies. The DA is happy that Minister Hogan has been appointed to replace her and they look forward to having a fruitful relationship with Hogan. However there are areas of concern that need to be looked at.

DA MP Mike Waters says “the first area is obviously to have a clear, sharp and simple message that HIV does cause Aids and we believe that the Minister and the new President should be leading the campaign against HIV and Aids.”

Human resources remains a huge challenge in the health sector. There are 46 000 vacant nursing positions and 9 700 vacant doctor and specialist positions in the public sector. “We believe that the Minister must do all in her power to ensure that new nursing colleges are opened and that we start attracting skills from over-seas.

Lastly the DA feels that Minister Hogan should release the full report into the 142 baby deaths that occurred in the Eastern Cape earlier this year.

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