by Zinhle Mapumulo (City Press)
More than 3 330 public healthcare facilities across the country have been audited in preparation of the National Health Insurance scheme and so far cleanliness and bad attitude of staff remain a huge problem, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said today.
Motsoaledi briefed the media today following President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address last week Thursday.
Motsoaledi said: “So far the audit report indicates that cleanliness and bad attitude of staff remain the biggest problems in public health facilities.”
He refused to elaborate further, saying the report was still being finalised.
Last year the government announced that it would audit all 4 200 public healthcare facilities in preparation for the NHI.
It said no clinic or hospital would be accredited to provide services under the government scheme unless it met certain standards.
Six priority areas were identified as part of those standards – cleanliness of facilities, drug shortages, safety and security of patients, bad attitude from health workers, infection control and waiting times to receive care.
Motsoaledi said inspectors would be appointed and trained “to inspect if facilities meet these essential standards before accrediting them to provide services under the NHI”.
This morning the minister confirmed that 20 inspectors have been trained but not yet appointed as the bill on the Office of Health Standards Compliance was yet to be passed.
In the meantime he said, “40 health experts have been trained to prepare the failing facilities to improve.
“We will start with improvements in four districts in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Free State and Northern Cape. About 214 facilities will be targeted,” Motsoaledi said.
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