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protestSowetanLive reports that private hospitals and clinics in Cape Town found themselves dealing with a different kind of client on Wednesday when sickly and poor patients arrived to demonstrate their frustration with the slow progress in implementing National Health Insurance (NHI).  

Under the banner of Movement for Change and Social Justice - a grassroots organisation from Gugulethu campaigning for better healthcare services in townships - patients arrived at establishments including Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Pinelands, Netcare Christiaan Barnard Hospital in the city centre, Crescent Clinic in Kenilworth and various Melomed hospitals.  The organisation demanded that NHI be implemented quickly and wanted clarity on how the state intended to implement universal free healthcare.  Mandla Majola, who led the group, said the protest was a "peaceful demonstration" of poor people's plight and was not an attack on private hospitals.  The protest included the presentation of a memorandum at Parliament.  Under the NHI, contracted private healthcare facilities would be required to provide services to the public sector.  Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi recently asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over the roll-out of the scheme, since only the president had the power to make it a reality.

  • Read the full original of Sipokazi Fokazi‚Äôs report on the protest at SowetanLive

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