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Task team probes claims against Dept

A task team is probing legal claims which have been instituted against the Health Dept.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture:EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Ministry of Health says a task team set up to probe the number of claims instituted against it has already begun its work, but has declined to comment on the how many it faces.

The medico-legal task team was set up by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to look into the root causes of cases against the department including malpractice matters.

The ministry's Joe Maila said the task team will evaluate and then make recommendations on the steps forward.

"The team will then make recommendations on the policy options or policy positions that we must take. The escalation of legal claims that comes out of medical issues and the legal costs are a top priority to us."

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Department of Health says a shortage of certain vaccines in the province has been resolved.

The shortage of oral polio, measles and Hepatitis B vaccines has affected a number of medical facilities.

Provincial health MEC Theuns Botha said the shortage was widespread.

"The vaccines have been released from quarantine and shipped to our province so it will be dispensed in the next few days."