• SA cities need foreigners

    We need to protect our cities' cosmopolitan nature, says Mzwandile Jacks.

  • Am I a racist?

    Does hating government's arrogance, nepotism and greed make me a bigot, asks Anton Ressel.

  • Recipe for disaster

    Malema's flames of frustration are fuelling white extremism, says Leopold Scholtz.

Loading...
See More

Vavi: Long road to NHI

Nov 20 2011 11:26 Sapa

Related Articles

Robust performance buoys Netcare

Netcare to report 26% rise in earnings

Mediclinic boasts 10.7% rise in H1 profit

Court ruling keeps basic medical aid cover

Motsoaledi: NHI audit under way

Gordhan: No immediate risk from NHI

 

Johannesburg - There is a long way to go before the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme can become a reality, Cosatu said on Saturday.

"There is a long way to go to turn these excellent plans into reality in the hospitals and clinics," Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said.

During a keynote address at the Emerging Market Healthcare gala dinner in Cape Town Vavi said all posts in the public health care sector needed to be filled, and new ones opened where necessary.

Targets had to be set for the employment and production of nurses and doctors, physical infrastructure needed to be upgraded and extended.

Vavi said the pay structure, conditions of employment and career development needed to be addressed in order to address the problem of skills flight, as well as the re-opening and establishment of new nursing colleges.

There needed to be a state pharmaceutical company in order to ensure the availability of affordable essential medicines, he said.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan earlier this month said about R500 million was expected to be set aside in the 2012 budget to fund pilot sites for the NHI.

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Company Snapshot

Brought to you by BizNews

More from BizNews

We're talking about:

SMALL BUSINESS

Johannesburg has been selected to host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in 2017. "[The congress] will ensure that small business development remains firmly on the national agenda and the radar screen of all stakeholders, the Small Business Development minister said.
 
 

Must see! The most luxurious dog house!

This dog house comes with a treadmill and hot tub, you have to see it!

 
 

Luxury living

Ridiculous demands people with too much money make
8 of the priciest places to dock your yacht
Habits of the world’s richest people
The rich dogs of Instagram

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

Government’s call for the private sector to add power to the grid is:

Previous results · Suggest a vote

Loading...