CAPE TOWN- Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Tuesday reassured the public that the health sector is not falling apart despite report that has shown numerous of incidents were the public health sector failed the patient.
According to the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) report‚ only five of the 696 hospitals and clinics it inspected in 2016-17 complied with the Department of Health’s norms and standards to achieve an 80% “pass mark”.
The OHSC is tasked as a statutory body to assess the quality of hospitals and clinics and it will soon see if healthcare facilities have meet the grade to be accredited for providing services under the National Health Insurance.
Motsoaledi conceded that the healthcare system was overloaded and long queues also affected the service, “We do not think that a collapsing or collapsed system can be able to do these [things]‚” he said. “We are very worried about extreme overcrowding in our hospitals and we believe that it could have been much worse if we did not take proactive steps.
“One of these steps was to decant patients away from the clinics and hospitals to take their medication in selected pick-up points. We have 2.2-million people on this system‚ [and] are poised to load 1-million more people on this system during this financial year.”
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