NEHAWU To Picket Against The Hospital Groups, The Competition And The National Department Of Health On Friday At The Netcare Head Office At 10:00 am

NEHAWU To Picket Against The Hospital Groups, The Competition And The National Department Of Health On Friday At The Netcare Head Office At 10:00 am

Wednesday October 16, 2019

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] as part of its campaign in support of the introduction of the National Health Insurance [NHI] and in the wake of the shocking revelations in the report of the Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry [HMI], shall be picketing against the high and rising healthcare costs in the private health industry.

The picket will take place on the 18th October 2019 at the Netcare Head Offices in Sandton. Netcare is the biggest within the monopolistic triangle which includes Life Healthcare and Mediclinic.

NEHAWU condemns the wide-scale profiteering that is taking place across all the key components of this industry. Therefore, this picket is part of our broader fight against the wide-spread profiteering in the private health industry which includes the role that is played by the private health practitioners, for-profit administrators and managed care operators in medical aid schemes and private laboratories.

Therefore, as part of this picket, in addition to the private hospital groups, we shall also send memorandums of demands:

  • To Discovery which owns the biggest open medical aid scheme and biggest for-profit administrator.
  • To the Competition Commission to investigate and carry out is mandate as required by the competition law.
  • To the government to take appropriate regulatory measures as allowed by the law.
Our overall key demands of this picket and our overall campaign are the following:
  • Stop abusing the trust of the patients by putting them through expensive treatments when affordable means and methods of treatment are available.
  • Stop hospitalising patients for long periods when it is not clinically necessary - in order to make them pay for your other unoccupied beds.
  • The charges of the healthcare services must fall and we call on government to take a firm stand and to decisive regulate the private hospital industry as allowed by the law.
  • Private healthcare doctors and specialists must respect and honour the ethical code of their profession - to do their work in the best interests of the patients rather than serving their own greed and the profit motive of the shareholders of the private hospital companies.
  • The Competition Commission must investigate collusion, price-fixing and other anti-competitive behaviours in the private health industry to take drastic punitive action as required by the legislation.
  • The private health hospital monopolies must be broken – up, the full might of the Competition Amendment Act must be exercised!

Name Description
Date Friday October 18, 2019
Time 10:00
Venue Netcare Head Office
Address 76 Maude Street, Sandown, Sandton.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend and to cover the picket

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat
Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968;
December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969;
Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500
or email: Visit NEHAWU website:

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