Legal action against portfolio committee on NHI
30 June 2021
Solidarity has warned the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health to include Solidarity in the public hearings regarding the National Health Insurance (NHI). This followed after the portfolio committee continued its public hearings and invited stakeholders to participate, but failed to respond to Solidarity's applications.
“It is crucial that all stakeholders that have indicated that they want to be a part of the process, should be afforded the time and opportunity to make a submission. It is ridiculous that Solidarity is being ignored and its participation is withheld. The government cannot merely choose who it they want to listen to based on ideology. The entire country’s health sector is at stake,” said Connie Mulder, head of the Solidarity Research Institute.
As a stakeholder and representative of several doctors and other medical staff, Solidarity insists that it be given the opportunity to provide its input during the course of the public hearings by submitting its presentation. It has already made numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact the committee. Meanwhile, hearings have already been taking place for nine days. Should the committee not respond by 9 July, Solidarity will continue with its legal process.
“It is clear that the ANC government will simply try to impose the NHI on the public as the committee is now trying to steamroller the process. Solidarity wants to remind the government that our court documents have been ready for a long time, and that any attempts to enforce the NHI will be greeted with litigation. If the complete failure of the vaccine program has taught us one thing, it is that the government, which cannot keep the lights on, must stay as far away from health as possible,” Mulder concluded.