Aaron Motsoaledi takes flak over National Health Insurance
Cosatu calls for axing of health minister, saying he is no longer in charge and private sector is dominating process
Trade union federation Cosatu accused Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Wednesday of attempting to water down the ANC’s policy position regarding National Health Insurance (NHI) and called for him to go. "We have reached the conclusion that Motsoaledi is no longer in charge," Cosatu spokesman Sizwe Pamla said. "We no longer trust him. In fact we no longer believe he is the right person to lead the health sector," Pamla said. NHI is a set of health financing reforms that are aimed at providing all patients with healthcare services that are free at the point of delivery. Motsoaledi released an updated white paper on NHI shortly before the ANC’s policy conference in July. Two weeks ago he called for nominations to a set of committees charged with implementing the reforms. He has drawn steady fire from Cosatu in recent months over the role of the private sector in NHI and the involvement of the Clinton Health Access Initiative in devising its implementation policy. The initiative has ...
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