Health boss gets backing

Zinhle Mapumulo

Zinhle Mapumulo

Nurses and doctors' unions have hailed the appointment of new Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

Motsoaledi replaces outspoken former Health minister Barbara Hogan.

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa's spokesperson Asanda Fongqo said: "We are confident that his appointment will bring the much-needed stability to the health sector in line with the ANC's Polokwane resolution to prioritise health."

The Hospital Personnel Trade Union of South Africa said: "We have confidence he will address the challenges faced by doctors since he was in the profession himself."