President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially launched the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum (HSACF) that was established to root out fraud and corruption in the health sector.
The Forum is a collaboration of various stakeholders in the health and law enforcement sectors including the Council for Medical Schemes, the BHF, the Department of Health, the Special Investigating Unit, the HPCSA and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation. It was established following the signing of the Presidential Health Summit Compact earlier this year which mandated government and social partners to work together to reform the healthcare system.
The Compact also directed that a whistle-blowing policy be developed to ensure the ease of reporting to relevant authorities and that political interference should also be considered as a corrupt activity.
The terms of reference of the new body were signed at the Union Buildings in Pretoria this morning by members of government, practitioner associations and civic groups who pledged their mutual support and cooperation in the fight against fraud and corrupt practices in the healthcare sector.
According to the Presidency, the Forum will be instrumental in implementing measures to deter corrupt activities in both the private and public health sectors relating to issues such as tender irregularities, over-pricing, poor governance, bribery and fraudulent qualifications as South Africa prepares to implement the NHI.