MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Turnaround Strategy for Rolling-out of NHI Pilots is Imperative

10 October 2013    

 

The IFP calls on the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, to urgently implement a turnaround strategy for the rolling-out of National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot projects, which are currently a total disaster.

 

IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Hilda Msweli, MP, said "There are many problems currently with the NHI pilot projects. Proper planning regarding the allocation of grants is non-existent and there is little or no oversight on spending. If the Minister does not rectify this situation immediately the NHI will be a total failure once again at the expense of the South Africa tax payer,"

 

Provincial NHI Co-ordinators appointed to monitor the NHI pilot projects must perform their allotted duties and be held accountable for any non-performance.

 

Msweli further stated that "The Minister must also institute an investigation into the delays by contractors in completing projects, which has led to further costs being incurred. Furthermore, under-spending of grants, incorrect allocation of budgets and poor performance in some of the pilot regions needs to be investigated. Corruption is rife and must also be rooted out at the source in these projects,"

 

The IFP will submit written questions to the Minister of Health asking the Department to explain exactly how they will go about addressing the current dire challenges facing NHI pilot projects.

 

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Hilda Msweli, MP, 072 513 1833

 

Or contact 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675