Hon Madam Deputy Chair, while the IFP is supporting the Bill, allow me to raise some issues for the Minister to consider. Our public health system is in the current stage of deterioration with the commitment by the government to introduce the National Health Insurance, NHI scheme in a few years time requires a solid based public health policy system to be successful.
It is no use promising better system to South Africans and getting their hopes high for better public system when at current there are major obstacles to overcome. We cannot follow the same trend of legislation introduced by cabinet where it has major flaws and then takes the work of the entire country to bring amendment to in order to fix errors and mistakes by the government. For this reason, hon Deputy Chair, I would like to know what budget the Minister or the department has allocated to employ all the public service nurses who contracted to the state due to the educational funding being paid for them but the state then does not have the job yet. When will they be employed considering the promise that the committee said they would be absorbed by early next year? With all that I have said Madam Deputy Chair, I support the Bill. [Applause.]