Kistnasamy grilled on overdue reports

It may seem strange to be discussing annual reports from 2012/13 and 2013/14 but that is exactly what happened when the Portfolio Committee on Health was briefed by the Compensation Commissioner for Occupational Diseases (CCOD) recently. Continue reading

Poor behaviour mars Cuba visit

Meetings of the Portfolio Committee on Health do not always turn out the way I expect. At a report back on the study tour to Cuba, I expected to hear rather more about what South Africa could learn from that country’s primary health care system, and rather less about the disappointing behaviour of some of the students who accompanied the members of the Portfolio Committee on the visit. Continue reading

Nursing our colleges back to health

With just one year to go before South Africa’s new nursing and training curricula are implemented, the Committee was briefed by the National Department of Health (NDoH) on just how ready it is to roll out the new programmes, and how it intended to address the challenges of inadequate infrastructure at health institutions to accommodate clinical training programmes. Continue reading

Portfolio of health Meeting with Parliament of Czech Republic Delegation

11 November 2015

I am encouraged by how much external input we are getting into what will become our own national health service.The latest visitors to the Portfolio of Health were a high level delegation from Czech Republic. Continue reading

The passage of a Bill, continued

Topic:- Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill [B6-2014]: adoption of NCOP  amendments

Portfolio of health meeting held on 04 November 2015

Matters arising high level summary

I am constantly reminded that as people outside the parliamentary process, we do not always know how slowly the wheels of government can turn. This week, and the Portfolio of Health meeting, the Department of Health explained that the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill [B6-2014] amended the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act 101 of 1965. Continue reading

The Final journey of Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill

I’ve found it so interesting to watch the process of a Bill though the committees and finally through the acceptance in Parliament.

For the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill, I was there when the National Department of Health (NDoH) briefed the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on 25 August 2015. Then on 22 September 2015, there was a session to negotiate mandates and responses by the NDoH. Then on 20 October, we saw the Bill formally adopted. Continue reading