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MotsoalediBusinessLive reports that as Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Tuesday moved to assure that the state health services were not falling apart, a report cataloging a shocking series of failings in the public health sector was tabled in Parliament.  

According 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 inspections covered just under a fifth of SA’s 3,816 public health facilities.  The OHSC is a statutory body charged with assessing the quality of hospitals and clinics.  But Motsoaledi was at pains to emphasise that the healthcare system was still able to provide treatment to 4.2-million people with HIV, care for 300,000 tuberculosis patients and had improved care for pregnant women.  Deaths from TB had halved between 2009 and 2015, falling from 69,251 to 33,603 over the period, he pointed out.  “We do not think that a collapsing or collapsed system can be able to do these [things],” he opined.  Motsoaledi said he was aware of the lack of hospital management skills and the negative attitudes of staff in many facilities, and would deploy 200 officials from the national department of health to assist public hospital managers.

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