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Medico-legal claims: throwing money to the wind

July 25th, 2017

The article ‘No right policy diagnosis’ by Casper Lötter (Herald, 19 July) refers: The Democratic Alliance is deeply concerned about medico-legal claims and the Eastern Cape Department of Health’s ability to pay and to manage this crisis in a level-headed fashion. Eighteen months ago,  I raised it in a health portfolio committee meeting in the legislature, that a health ombudsman was insufficient because the problem lies in the hospitals, not …

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Accountability and good governance is needed to save worst audit performer, OR Tambo District Municipality

July 10th, 2017

The lack of accountability and consequences for poor performance and transgressions of legislation will result in the OR Tambo District remaining the worst performer in the country. According to the Auditor-General (AG) recent report on local government audit outcomes for 2015-16, irregular expenditure in the O.R. Tambo District Municipality increased from R94-milion in 2014-15 to R1 569-million. We cannot allow that one of the most scenic parts of the province, with …

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Hospitals must put patients first

June 8th, 2017

THE DA Women’s Network (Dawn) stands for the rights enshrined in our constitution, and for freedom, fairness and equal opportunities for all women regardless of their circumstances of birth, status, age, education or address. It is therefore with a deep sense of loss and utter sadness that we condemn the shameful failure of Livingstone Hospital to ensure that a doctor was available to switch off the life-support system keeping Tershia …

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State health system on a downward trajectory: The Herald

May 10th, 2017

MEDICO-legal claims of up to R11.4-billion, outstanding bills with interest accumulated over periods ranging from 30 to 90 days overdue and a whopping COE (cost of employees) bill that swallows 60% of our annual budget, together with a junk status economy, adds to the heavy burden placed on staff, patients and our provincial health facilities (“No money for medicines shock”, The Herald, May 8). While the department continues to generate …

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Let’s build streets of no fear

February 21st, 2017

THE allegations made in the rape case reported in the Daily Dispatch of February 14 refer. Women live under a constant threat of violence and rape and to our sorrow South Africa continues to have the highest rape statistics in the world. We appeal to all readers to embrace our constitution. The time has come to speak up. Let’s unite to build a safe, caring society for the sake of …

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