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MotsoalediBusinessLive reports that Cosatu has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, saying the public health system has collapsed on his watch.  

Motsoaledi has faced a sustained campaign against him by Cosatu over the past two years, as the trade union federation is unhappy with his progress on implementing universal healthcare.  Cosatu has consistently accused him of watering down the ANC’s policy on National Health Insurance (NHI) to appease the private sector.  Motsoaledi called a media conference on Tuesday to try and reassure the nation that while the public health system was taking strain, it was far from collapsing.  However, a damning report presented to Parliament by the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) on Tuesday painted a picture of a health system in disarray.  "What has disappointed Cosatu most is Minister Motsoaledi’s denialism and scapegoating.  He is the only minister who has been allowed to stay in one position for close to a decade without being reshuffled.  He had ample time to set up a vision and implement it over the last nine years, but he has spectacularly failed," said Cosatu.

  • Read this report by Tamar Kahn in full at BusinessLive
  • Read Cosatu’s press statement in this regard at Cosatu News

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