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MotsoalediBusinessLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu on Wednesday accused Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi of attempting to water down the ANC’s policy position regarding National Health Insurance (NHI) and called for him to go.  

Cosatu spokesman Sizwe Pamla said:  "We have reached the conclusion that Motsoaledi is no longer in charge.  We no longer trust him.  In fact we no longer believe he is the right person to lead the health sector."  NHI is a set of health financing reforms that are aimed at providing all patients with healthcare services that are free at the point of delivery.  Motsoaledi has drawn steady fire from Cosatu in recent months over the role of the private sector in NHI and the involvement of the Clinton Health Access Initiative in devising its implementation policy.  Cosatu has also taken issue with the health department’s plans to allow medical schemes to have a role in the transition to NHI.  It wants a single fund that pays for all the services provided under NHI and is opposed to alternative financing mechanisms.

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