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Health minister outlines priorities

Posted by Mlungisi Dlamini on May 18, 2009

By Gabi Khumalo

Pretoria – Newly appointed Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has outlined the key priorities his department is to give special attention to.

Financial management, information technology, infrastructure services and human resource management and development have been identified as the main points of focus.

Minister Motsoaledi said on Monday the four challenges were the main areas of weaknesses in the department – and all could be traced back to somewhere within the health system.

“Whether it is a municipality, provincial government or national government throughout any government department, these are the main challenges that led to problems, protests and various forms of discontent pointing to several weaknesses in government.

“From the briefing I have received, I have come to the conclusion that these four areas should be the main points of focus with the department, but in addition and as different from all other departments, I would like to add quality of care,” Dr Motsoaledi said.

He said his department would launch the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) Acceleration Plan within the next two weeks,

The plan would take the country further in achieving the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) which speak to maternal mortality, infant mortality and combating HIV and AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, among others, an area he said the country was lagging behind in.

“If we don’t do something drastic; we won’t meet the MDGs. We are lagging behind, hence we need to change and accelerate the PMTCT Plan,” Dr Motsoaledi said.

He further announced that within the next two weeks, the department will deal with norms and standards between the national, provincial and district health system.

“This is to curb the tendency of a federal approach towards the health system, which has slowly but surely crept into the system,” he said.

On the issue of overspending by provincial health departments, Dr Motsoaledi said he will come up with cost containment.

“We will endeavor to do this without compromising the Quality of Care and Services due to the public,” he noted.

Regarding under-performing provincial departments, Dr Motsoaledi explained that while he was allowed to set norms and standards, if the health system in a certain provincial department was however collapsing, he was allowed to act and find ways to intervene.

He also noted the problems facing the South African Nursing Council, saying he will meet with relevant stakeholders to discuss the problem as the Council has been facing difficult experiences for a long time. – BuaNews


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Get out now, SANC staff tell registrar

Posted by Mlungisi Dlamini on May 6, 2009

By Jacques Breytenbach

Staff at the South African Nursing Council have staged a sit-in at the registrar’s office after hearing allegations that her contract was extended “illegally” for three months by the chairperson of the council’s board, Jabu Makhanya.

Employees of the council, under the banner of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union, refused to work on Wednesday when they learnt that the registrar and chief executive officer of SANC, Hasina Subedar, had turned up for work although her contract ended on Tuesday.

Chairperson of Nehawu at SANC, Andile Bibi, said the extension of Subedar’s contract was illegal because it was not a decision made by the council’s board, but an individual pronouncement by Makhanya.

But Subedar said the decision to extend her contract had come straight from Health Minister Barbara Hogan.

“Because the minister is in China at the moment, the ministry forwarded an email on her behalf to the chairperson of the council’s board, Jabu Makhanya, informing her that my contract had been extended until a decision was reached with regards to the appointment of a new registrar,” she said.

Subedar wouldn’t comment on whether she would accept the position again if it was offered to her by the minister.

Bibi and the staff body said the SANC had become inefficient in providing nurses with the necessary services because of Subedar’s mismanagement of the council.

When the Pretoria News went to investigate on Wednesday, staff pointed out the scale of the mismanagement at the council.

The entire second floor of the SANC building in Arcadia is littered with boxes of files containing information on the entire South African nursing fraternity.

Also in the boxes stashed in offices and lying in the passageways were the files of nurses working overseas.

Staff members said that if a fire were to break out in the building, all the files would be lost as there was no electronic back-up system.

They also said there were no fire extinguishers on the second floor.

The only advice to employees working on the floor is a sign in the passageway that reads: “In case of fire, close the door.”

Nehawu has blamed the registrar for this. It says she is the one tasked to ensure an adequate IT system is in place in which the files can be stored in an electronic archive database.

Subedar said it was not true there was no back-up system.

“Some files have been scanned and are stored,” she said.

“Some have not. It is in our plans to have a sufficient filing system in place. The council has not necessarily been functioning the way it wanted to over the last couple of months, but it has been functioning.”

Bibi said Nehawu’s sit-in was not in any way aimed at any financial gain, but the protest would continue until Subedar resigned.

Subedar said she would be back at work on Thursday.

“If the ministry has entrusted me with this task for three months, then it is my responsibility to do it to the best of my ability.”

This article was originally published on page 4 of Pretoria News on April 02, 2009

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