Health policy


Local government is in the midst of fundamental change and restructuring. Long before this process is completed a large chunk of provincial health services and personnel will be grafted on to the newly formed local authorities. Over 50 000 health workers will be transferred from the provincial public service to local authority staff. Overall, local authority health budgets will increase more than five fold and there will be an injection of around R5 billion for health services into local government revenue. Local government will be responsible for the running of all primary level services including 24-hour emergency services and level 1 hospitals.

Strengthening Health Systems: The Role and Promise of Policy and Systems Research

The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, an initiative of the Global Forum for Health Research in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has published its first biennial review of the emerging field of health policy and systems research.

Treasury calls for rethink on health funding

Primary care facilities in cities do not need provincial middleman National treasury has asked health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's department to reconsider its plans for funding primary healthcare in SA's six metro areas, saying the planned shift in responsibility for this level of care from local to provincial government is risky and may prove too expensive.

UK must stop draining health care workers from Africa, says minister

The British government is to tighten regulations on employment of health care workers from developing countries in order to stop draining key staff from nations hard hit by AIDS, Health Minister John Hutton announced this week during a visit to South Africa.

Swaziland: Rural health motivators could ease professional shortage

A critical shortage of health professionals in Swaziland is undermining the public health system's capacity to expand its national antiretroviral (ARV) programme, health officials have warned.

Summary Bulletin 5 - DHS-LG Discussion List

June 2002

The discussions were opened with a request from the National Department of Health for input from members of the list for a meeting to be held between the National Minister of Health and the National Minister of Provincial and Local Government. Their discussions will be centred on