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