The DA has accused Health Minister Manto Tshabalala- Msimang of trying to control the private health sector while not being able to run a proper public health system.
The DA's health spokesman, MP Gareth Morgan, said yesterday that Tshabalala-Msimang appeared to be more worried about attacking private hospitals than getting the government's house in order at crisis-hit public hospitals.
Morgan said it was the private hospitals that had stepped in to help when patients have been turned away at public hospitals because of the nationwide strike. He said any attempts by minister to introduce laws to control the private sector was "outrageous".
"The money spent on these private hospitals and doctors is not the government's to control. They already subsidise the public sector through their taxes," he said. - Waghied Misbach