A beacon of hope at last?
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Political corruption (Laws, regulations and rules)
Government executives (Health policy)
Pub Date: 05/01/2012
Publication: Name: South African Medical Journal Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 South African Medical Association ISSN: 0256-9574
Issue: Date: May, 2012 Source Volume: 102 Source Issue: 5
Topic: Event Code: 930 Government regulation; 940 Government regulation (cont); 980 Legal issues & crime; 970 Government domestic functions Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Computer Subject: Government regulation
Persons: Named Person: Pillay, Siva
Geographic: Geographic Scope: South Africa Geographic Name: Eastern Cape, South Africa Geographic Code: 6SOUT South Africa
Accession Number: 289216471
Full Text: A small but luminous light is appearing on the horizon of South Africa's perilous and corruption-tossed public healthcare ocean. If tended properly it could prove a beacon towards which the entire provincial health flotilla can navigate. The Eastern Cape is saving hundreds of millions of rands annually (1) for two main reasons. First is that its health chief, Dr Siva Pillay, refuses to be intimidated by the money-grabbing pirates who thought they had the ship. He's got them walking the plank one by one (1 200 so far), slowly rendering a rickety vessel sturdier and more capable of delivering the health services that its owners (the taxpayer) originally commissioned it for. The other is that those in charge of the flotilla (read Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan) noticed and sent in the navy to help, piloting a new procurement and monitoring system that will enable Pillay to identify weaknesses and corruption icebergs--not to mention empower his counterparts in other provinces when the scheme gets rolled out. Suddenly there's more bang for buck.

Whether the other provinces have leaders of similar commitment and calibre, an ingredient absolutely vital to making the scheme work, only time will tell.
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