KZN NHI pilot projects finally take off, as health department rolls out 'ideal' clinics

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Clinics need good infrastructure, adequate staff, adequate medicine and supplies to meet requirements

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and hospitals across the country have achieved an"ideal" clinic status to meet NHI standards while the department is working closely with provinces and districts to support them increase the number as part of the service delivery improvement plan by the department of health.

According to the health department, Dhlomo's site visit was aimed at ensuring that all the refurbished facilities and newly built facilities and innovations had been completed and met all NHI and global standards.National health spokesperson Foster Mohale said the ideal clinic programme was an initiative launched in July 2013 as a way of systematically improving the quality of care provided in primary healthcare facilities around the country.

The National Insurance Bill was passed in April and government has already begun the roll out to make all ideal clinics meet optimum standards and improve the quality of services and innovations in the healthcare system.For clinics to achieve the status of “ideal clinics”, they need to meet the following requirements: good infrastructure, adequate staff, adequate medicine and supplies, good administrative processes, and adequate bulk supplies.

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