National Health Amendment Bill Tabled

Parliament

A private member’s bill that aims to ensure that clinics operate on a continuous basis has been tabled in parliament.

The National Health Amendment Bill was drawn up by Dr S S Thembekwayo, an Economic Freedom Fighters member of parliament.

The bill seeks to:

•    amend the National Health Act, 2003, so as to provide for clinics to operate and provide health services 24 hours a day and seven days a week; and
•    provide for matters connected therewith.

According to the bill’s memorandum, millions of South Africans are denied their right to access to health services due to an insufficient number of health facilities open after hours.

The EFF’s policy is that all clinics in the public sector must operate and provide health services 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

The portfolio committee on health will process the bill.

Meanwhile, the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill has been rejected by parliament.

The private member’s bill was tabled in parliament in December 2017.

Parliament called for comment on the bill in July 2017.

The bill was drawn up by Cheryllyn Dudley, an African Christian Democratic Party member of parliament.

The proposed legislation sought to delete certain circumstances in which a pregnancy may be terminated and to ensure that a pregnant woman has access to ultrasound examinations and sufficient mandatory counselling to enable her to make a fully informed choice regarding the termination of her pregnancy.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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