Rates and Monetary Amounts Bill & Sugary Beverages Tax: public hearings
31 May 2017
Dr W James (DA) said the health case for the levy was solid. The issue was whether the levy would have the desired behavioural consequences, and if there was empirical rather than desktop evidence to give credence to this. He added that Treasury would have to consider ring-fencing the levy ...
Obesity and non-communicable diseases: Department of Health briefing
24 May 2017
Dr W James (DA) thanked NDoH for the presentation. No country comes to mind which has un-health burden that can be a good comparison with South Africa unless Mexico. NCDs are rising more than infectious diseases. The question is to avoid repeating the mistake of last year and rather budget ...
Committee Report on Health Budget
11 May 2017
Dr W James (DA), in his proposals sent through the Committee secretary, suggested a change in wording, to “the Committee would like to see faster progress in transformation within the South African Medical Research Council…” instead of saying “the Committee noted with concern the slow progress in transformation…”.
Health Department; Compensation Commissioner for Occupational Diseases on their Annual Performance Plan
4 May 2017
Dr W James (DA) welcomed the development of a National Health Commission which had been a long time coming. Joint evaluation for the global health security was also very welcomed – when was this scheduled to happen? Support for the Nelson Mandela Children Hospital seemed to be in good shape ...
NHLS, Office of Health Standards Compliance & Council for Medical Schemes Annual Performance Plan
3 May 2017
Dr W James (DA) asked how the NHLS is going to manage the transition in public health in South Africa once the National Public Health Institute of South Africa (NAPISA) kicks in. A number of units are going to be lost in the process, so how will that loss be ...
Medical Research Council on its Annual Performance Plan; AGSA, FFC & Stats SA input
2 May 2017
Dr W James (DA) said there were a lot of unfunded mandates within the healthcare sector, especially the public clinics which were managed by the provinces, but they ended up being funded by the ratepayers. He asked how the national department dealt with this issue, and what plans the Auditor-General ...
Delivery of Health Services: Provincial Departments of Health: KwaZulu-Natal; Limpopo; Northern Cape; Gauteng; Mpumalanga; & Western Cape
23 Mar 2017
Dr W James (DA) said that from the numbers presented in the presentation, it meant the Department was bankrupt and that was more than a crisis, considering the services the Department provided.
Delivery of Health Services: NDH; AGSA; Provincial Departments of Health: Free State, North West, and Eastern Cape
22 Mar 2017
Dr W James (DA) said Ms Matsoso had mastered a complicated portfolio. He made the point that in light of population growth rates and the burgeoning rate of disease, there is an inadequate budget for health, across all provinces. As a result, the health needs of the nation would not ...
Health Care Services for the Mentally Ill: North West DoH; Public Hospitals audit: OHSC briefing
15 Mar 2017
Dr W James (DA) commented on the large number of vacancies and asked what efforts were being made to fill the empty posts. Vacant posts would mean that patient care was being compromised.
Health Care Services for the Mentally Ill: Free State & Limpopo Departments of Health
14 Mar 2017
Dr W James (DA) said that the national framework was very good, but there was no common way of reporting for provinces to allow the Committee to compare provinces. The staffing and vacancy rates were not easy to assess based on the information in the presentation. There should be less ...