The Presidency, working with the Ministry of Health, is set to ensure the implementation of an overarching National Quality Implementation Plan for South Africa. The Plan seeks to transform existing service delivery challenges into learnings and opportunities for quality improvement and to pull together quality of care initiatives into a coherent 5-year plan. The Presidency has established a team to fast track the implementation of a quality improvement programme in preparation for the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI). This team involves several government departments, including the Department of Health.
The main objective of the plan is to ensure the best possible outcomes for the South African health system. This can be achieved through quality assurances and improvement strategies. It is proposed that four Quality and Learning Centres be established in each province to ensure that there is local capacity developed to support the poorest performing facilities in the province.
The Presidency has approached the HWSETA to support this initiative by funding capacity building in the Quality and Learning Centres, promote the implementation of the quality assurance plans at provincial and local levels and to conduct research on quality and learning development in the healthcare system.
At the Presidential Health Summit held on 19 October 2018, Deputy President David Mabuza said, “In transforming the health care system for the better, we need to ensure that we have committed and appropriately skilled health care professionals. We need to ensure that proper governance systems are in place to improve accountability for performance across all levels of health care delivery in our system.”
This collaboration is currently under consideration and a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been drawn up.