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Most executive health posts filled - Motsoaledi

Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said all new hospital chief executives need to be health workers.

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Thursday said only 16 of the advertised 118 hospital chief executive posts still needed to be filled.

More than half the vacancies are in Limpopo.

The posts became vacant with the introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI), which changed the required minimum qualifications for hospital managers.

The new managers of Gauteng's four big hospitals were also announced.

Motsoaledi said Gauteng received greater attention because it has the biggest healthcare system on the continent.

The minister said Doctor Ernest Kenoshi will remain as the manager of Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, despite being promoted to the post of Deputy Director General.

Motsoaledi said among the new requirements is that all candidates must be health professionals.

"Whatever other qualifications they have, whether it's PhDs in management, it does not matter. They have to be a health worker."

He said the managers will be given autonomy over time.

"We are going to give them delegation [powers], but each hospital has to prove their capacity."