Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has denied that the country’s ailing public health sector is in a state of “collapse”, conceding instead that the sector is “very distressed”.

This as the health department has come under scathing criticism, especially following the crisis in the North West province that saw hospitals shut down through violent strikes and patients turned away, as well as last week’s trashing of Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital during a labour-related strike and the KwaZulu-Natal oncology crisis ….more