Motsoaledi admits SA's healthcare system is in distress

Motsoaledi admits SA's healthcare system is in distress

- South Africa Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi addressed the nation on Tuesday to discuss the problems the system is facing

- Motsoaledi admitted that there are a lot of changes that need to be made to improve the health system

- According to Motsoaledi the health system is not about to collapse, but it is in a bad spot

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South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has given a briefing on the state of SA's healthcare system on Tuesday in Pretoria.

He had to address the scandalous protests at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital last week. According to an earlier report by, Motsoaledi feels strongly over the protest action over unpaid bonuses that occurred on Thursday.

Motsaledi has stated that the happenings and action that needs to be taken against the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital strike will be discussed with the Minister of Police. The strike saw a large amount of workers running a riot due to unpaid bonuses.

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Protesters damaged hospital property and things got completely out of control. Equipment was burnt, records were destroyed and patients were harmed in the process. The strike called for the closing of there hospital and all the facilities around it.

Motsoaledi has admitted that there are problems relating to staff and leadership that is dragging South Africa's health system down.

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He further added that although the South African health system is very distresses at this time, it is not about to collapse.

We are also painfully aware of poor management skills in most of our provinces because of wrong employment practices like appointing people in the wrong places without them having skills. This has been a perennial problem which we’ve been trying to deal with.

There are also many staff shortages and posts for doctors that are vacant, while other posts are filled with people unsuited to do the job.

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The Health Department in the North West has already been placed under administration because of corruption allegations and it was found that many posts were left vacant.

When we placed the North West under administration we found huge vacancies. This month we are going to fill 223 vacancies at the cost of R150-million.

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According to a report by EWN, Motsoaledi also discussed the very poor treatment that patients receive at various government hospitals and clinics.

This leads to hope that now that the issue has been discussed, there will be actions taken to improve the situation.

But the general public don't have a lot of faith in Motsoaledi:

Only time will tell if Motsoaledi's plans will deliver any good fruit.

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