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DENOSA demands that the government stop tendering for security services

Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) President Simon Hlungwani, citing a sharp deterioration of the physical security of public sector health workers, demands that the government stop tendering for security services “and hire permanent security personnel.” [Pretoria News, 23 February 2017]

Source: peopleoverprof.it

Free State mulls exiting Netcare partnership

The Free State Health Department is looking to get out of its “public private partnership” with Netcare, a private, for-profit healthcare company. “A review commissioned from KPMG in 2010 had raised several areas of concern, said [Marcus Molokomme, chair of the department’s private facilities advisory committee]. Molokomme said the Netcare contract had introduced unforeseen complications, with the billing arrangements for private-sector patients requiring radiology services, to the financial detriment of the department. Clinicians prioritized private patients who ‘jumped the queue’, and the contract had created ‘fertile ground’ for abuse of the province’s policy for remunerative work outside the public service, he told the inquiry.” The company responded that “it remains optimistic about the scope for providing services to state patients in SA, despite the hostility expressed by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi at the Competition Commission’s health market inquiry.”