President to officiate the signing of Health Compact

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday, 25 July 2019, preside over the signing of the Presidential Health Compact which is aimed at improving the quality of the South African healthcare system.

At the Presidential Health Summit of 2018 government and key stakeholders agreed on the development of a Presidential Health Summit Compact.

The event will take place at the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa outside Pretoria.

In recent months, government, civil society, labour, health services users, business, private providers, academia, statutory councils, health professionals and allied health workers held consultations with their respective constituencies and developed a plan that includes clear objectives, methods, timelines, indicators and financial resources to effectively address challenges in health institutions.

To reflect this collaborative approach, the compact will be jointly signed by President Ramaphosa, Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize and representatives of stakeholder groups. This partnership is directed at ensuring that the agreed interventions are implemented by all sectors of society.

All key stakeholders will be accountable to each other and is expected to report back annually to the President on the progress made in improving the health system.

The Presidency will have oversight and will provide leadership to the implementing government departments, namely: Health, National Treasury, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Public Service and Administration, Public Works, Home Affairs and Science and Technology.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa