Speaker, the ANC welcomes the government's initiative to improve the management of hospitals, as well as measures that are being put in place to employ qualified chief executive officers.
Further, the ANC believes that the appointment of 102 new hospital CEOs is a step in the right direction. This will help to overhaul and improve the public health system in accordance with the 10-point plan of the national Department of Health, which highlights a need to provide strategic leadership, overhaul the health care system and improve management as well as human resources planning, development and management.
The CEOs from central, tertiary, regional and district hospitals have already commenced work in their new positions on 1 February 2013, with the full support of the Academy for Leadership and Management in the health sector.
This initiative shows that the ANC remains committed to addressing the challenges of leadership in public health institutions, as this will ensure efficient hospitals and the services they provide. I thank you.