KZN’s ‘moonlighting’ doctors: Health portfolio committee must take a stand

Mark Steele, MPP

DA KZN Alternate Spokesperson on Health

The Democratic Alliance challenges KwaZulu-Natal’s Health portfolio committee to take a determined stand against ‘moonlighting’ by state-paid doctors and nurses in the province.

The knowledge that co-workers and fellow professionals are operating private practices while still employed by the state undermines the morale of staff who abide by the employment regulations.  This has a knock-on effect on staff discipline and makes cynicism and negativity widespread in institutions which require the total commitment of all staff members.

If health-care institutions knowingly allow ‘moonlighting’ to persist it will compromise the quality of care patients receive – patients who depend on the public health care sector precisely because they cannot afford private practice charges.

The Health portfolio committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow which is why the DA moved the attached motion in the Legislature yesterday.

As the ‘watchdog’ body employed to oversee the day-to-day running of the department, the DA expects the portfolio committee to exercise its duty of oversight and hold the relevant officials to account.