The dusted plan of the ANC government to prescribe to doctors where they may practice is inhumane, unconstitutional and will do more harm than good to the health services of the country in the future, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Health said.
Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, the minister of Health revealed yesterday that doctors would in terms of the final National Health Insurance Plan (NHI) be prescribed in accordance with health care needs where they could work and where not.
The plan still has to be presented to Cabinet.
Adv. Alberts says there was great dissatisfaction in the past over the proposal and the latest announcement of Motsoaledi will once again send shockwaves through this profession.
“As with the policy on labour, the economy and nearly every other aspect, it is merely as if nobody in government is able to see the destructive consequences of their ill-considered plans.
“The state’s attempts to control and regulate citizens in nearly every area are busy taking on new dimensions.
“In the first point of the first section of the Constitution of South Africa, human rights and freedoms are discussed. The FF Plus says that the new prescriptions is so draconically interventionist that it is not compatible at all with Constitution which sets human rights and freedoms as such a high priority.
“Should it be realised, motivated young people will merely not be interested in the medical profession. Others will seek their salvation abroad in countries where there truly is freedom.
“In an ill-considered attempt of the state to shift its responsibility onto the private sector it is apparently prepared to lose the cream of a valuable profession which would in time probably be filled by countries such as Cuba.
“The time has come for citizens to rise up against such abuses of the state together with a party such as the FF Plus which relentlessly opposes it,” Adv. Alberts says.
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