DA requests information regarding CEO’s at FS hospitals

Basil Alexander MPL

DA Spokesperson for Health

The Democratic Alliance (DA) today requested the acting MEC for Health, Mr. Msebeni Zwane, to indicate how many new CEO’s were appointed at state hospitals in the Free State.

Recently, the Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi announced that 103 new CEO will have been appointed across the country with effect from 1 February 2013.

The DA welcomes the appointments in the struggling Free State hospitals, but wishes to establish whether the correct processes and criteria were followed in the selection of the CEO’s, who will play a vital role in delivering health care services at our hospitals.

The Free State government should realize how important health care services are to bring about true change in the communities that have historically been deprived of such services. Many patients have been denied decent medical care and services as a result of poor management in the health department, at hospitals and clinics across the province.

Filling vacancies of CEO’s is an important step to be able to achieve a more balanced health care in a province where there is a disparity in the levels of health care our patients receive. The newly appointed CEO’s will play a pivotal role to address the levels of imbalance the health care system in the Free State.

The DA today requested the MEC to indicate:

In view of the announcement by Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi that 102 CEOs at public have been appointed at hospitals across the country;

whether new CEO’s to all hospitals in the Free State have been appointed, if not,

1. why not, and

2. when does the department intend to fill the remaining vacancies,

3. if so

I. which individuals have been appointed as CEO’s at the respective hospitals,

II. what are the qualifications of each respective CEO at the respective hospitals

III. what process was followed to appoint the CEO’s,

IV. what criteria were used to appoint the CEO’s, and

V. whether the CEO’s will receive any training, if not, why not, if so, what are the relevant details?

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