NEHAWU Welcomes The Passing Of The NHI Bill By National Assembly
Wednesday June 14, 2023
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] welcomes the adoption of the National Health Insurance [NHI] Bill by the National Assembly. The Bill now proceeds to the National Council of Province [NCOP] for debate and thereafter be sent to the President for his assent.
As NEHAWU, we fully support the full implementation of the NHI as it seeks to transform historical injustices and structural inequalities caused by the former apartheid state. We have noted recent scare-mongering articles and statements sponsored by elements in South African society that oppose Universal Health Coverage. These people prefer to put profits before the lives of our people. These are doomsayers, attempting to derail the full implementation of NHI before it has even being given breath. NEHAWU condemns this subterfuge and appeals to progressive political parties, parliamentarians and South African society at-large to dismiss false notions of a collapse of our healthcare system if NHI is implemented.
We re-emphasise our position on the NHI that if the South African health system is to overcome the challenges it is presently faced with, strengthened political support is needed so that ﬁnancing can be restructured and the roles of both the public and private sector can be redeﬁned. Access to quality healthcare is a right, not to be delayed any further by private sector interests whose only concern is profiting from our people. The NHI Bill has gone through extensive public consultations and scrutiny by the Portfolio Committee on Health.
The 2nd Presidential Health Summit saw the convergence of representatives from organised labour, community, business and Government all echo their support for the NHI Bill. The passing of the Bill by parliament marks a very critical turning point in South Africa’s healthcare industry. As NEHAWU, we once again appeal to all sections of our society to support this bill to put our people, especially the vulnerable and poor before profits and to make sure that this Bill paves the way towards Universal Health Coverage for all.
Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat
Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968;
December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969;
Lwazi Nkolonzi (NEHAWU National Spokesperson) at 081 558 2335 or email: email@example.com