Government must clarify

ONE OF the criticisms often directed at the government is its inability to communicate effectively.

ONE OF the criticisms often directed at the government is its inability to communicate effectively.

In many instances it adopts progressive policies and communicates how these will impact on the lives of ordinary people and, or how such initiatives will, for example, also have an effect on the public coffers.

A typical example is the occupation-specific dispensation deal the government has signed with employees in both the health and education sectors.

Up to today we still have a situation in which employees in these sectors complain about how the deal has not been put into practice.

The strike by health workers - including nurses and doctors at the Thabazimbi Hospital in Limpopo - is a case in point.

Many of those on strike complain about the plan not being implemented.

They also complain about the hospital not having enough doctors.

In KwaZulu-Natal MEC for health Sibongiseni Dhlomo had to don his doctor's coat and treat patients because of a shortage of medical staff.

Our understanding was that the introduction of OSD would go a long way in dealing with such discrepancies. But the situation at Thabazimbi and KwaZulu-Natal seems to tell a different story.

It is about time the government really stepped forward to tell the public - especially those who have to stand in long queues waiting for treatment - what the blockages are when it comes to the implementation of this seemingly progressive system.

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