TREATMENT: Healthcare is getting a shot in the arm with the appointment of 102 new hospital CEOs. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
Newly appointed hospital CEOs have a week left before they resume their duties at the helms of some the country’s most troublesome healthcare facilities.
The good news is that the incumbents won’t be expected to take on the task on their own.
The Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa) has reiterated its support of the new CEOs.
“Our members are ready to work hand-in-hand with the government to assist in every way they can, using the expertise they have acquired working in the South African health system,” Hasa CEO Dr Dumisani Bomela said.
The private hospital grouping is part of the social agreement launched last year. Through the agreementt, more than 20 private institutions in health committed to make financial contributions to the Public Health Enhancement Fund.
The fund will go towards various initiatives to improve services in public health such as training healthcare professionals and building further management capacity in public hospitals.
Last week Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced that 102 CEO posts in hospitals around the country had been filled and 16 more had to be filled.
“We are impressed with the thorough manner in which this process has been carried out and with the interviewing and appointment of qualified healt hcare managers to so many public hospitals,” Bomela said.
“These appointments lay the foundation for the better management of our state institutions, which is critical to the success of the National Health Insurance (NHI) system,” he said.
The qualification criteria for hospital managers include basic requirements, such as being a health worker, and at least five years experience in middle and top management within the health care system.
“This is a welcome move as it will ensure that those in charge of hospitals will be appropriately qualified, ensuring the effective administration, governance and operation of state hospitals,” Bomela said.
“Hospital managers need not only fulfil a financial management role in that they are required to take charge of huge budgets, but they are also required to understand the clinical complexities involved in running a large hospital.”
The new CEOs will undergo intensive training through the Academy for Leadership and Management in Health Care.