Health

National Assembly Committee

REPORT OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HEALTH ON ITS ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN DURING THE 4TH PARLIAMENT (MAY 2009 – MARCH 2014), DATED 12 MARCH 2014

Oversight responsibility of Health Portfolio Committee

The Health Portfolio Committee is responsible for the oversight of the Department of Health as well the following statutory entities:

Council for Medical Schemes
Medical Research Council of South Africa
National Health Laboratory Service
Compensation Commissioner for Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works

THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF COMMITTEES IN PARLIAMENT (provided by Parliament)

The two houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, conduct their work in plenary sessions (where Members of a house meet together in one group), in joint sittings (where Members of both houses meet as one group), and in Committees (smaller groups of Members).

Working in Committees allows Parliament to:

Increase the amount of work that can be done Ensure that issues can be debated in more detail than in plenary sessions Increase the level of participation of Members of Parliament (MPs) in discussions Enable MPs to develop expertise and in-depth knowledge of the specific Committee's area of work Provide a platform for the public to present views directly to MPs, something which is not possible in a plenary sitting of Parliament Provide an environment for Parliament to hear evidence and collect information related to the work of a specific Committee.

Committees are, in general, proportionally representative of the parties in Parliament. Committee meetings are open to the public, but may be closed if there is a good reason to do so.

The different committees have one or more of the following functions:

They monitor and oversee the work and budgets of national government departments and hold them accountable They consider and amend Bills, and may initiate Bills They consider private members' and provincial legislative proposals and special petitions They consider international treaties and agreements They examine specifi c areas of public life or matters of public interest They take care of domestic parliamentary issues Committees have the power to summon any person to appear before them, give evidence or produce documents. They may require any person or institution to report to them. Committees may also receive petitions, representations or submissions from the public. Each Committee is headed by a Chairperson.


THE DIFFERENT COMMITTEES OF PARLIAMENT

Portfolio Committees
The National Assembly (NA) appoints from among its members a number of Portfolio Committees to shadow the work of the various national government departments.


The role of Portfolio Committees is to:

consider Bills, deal with departmental budget votes, oversee the work of the department they are responsible for, and enquire and make recommendations about any aspect of the department, including its structure, functioning and policy.


The work of Committees is not restricted to government. They may investigate any matter of public interest that falls within their area of responsibility. There is a Portfolio Committee for each national Ministry and its associated government department/s.

Select Committees
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) appoints from its permanent members a number of Select Committees to shadow the work of the various national government departments and to deal with Bills.

Because only 54 of the 90 NCOP Members are permanent delegates compared to the 400 of the NA, the Select Committees oversee the work of more than one national government department.

Public Accounts Committees
The National Assembly Standing Committee on Public Accounts acts as Parliament's watchdog over the way taxpayers' money is spent by the Executive. Every year the Auditor-General tables reports on the accounts and financial management of the various government departments and State institutions.

Heads of government departments and institutions are regularly called by this committee to report and account for expenditure. The Committee can recommend that the National Assembly takes corrective actions if necessary.

Members' Legislative Proposals and Petitions Committees
Draft bills can be submitted by individual Members of the National Assembly. These bills are considered by the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Private Member's Legislative Proposals and Special Petitions. If the Committee agrees with the principle of the draft Bill, a Bill will be prepared and dealt with by Parliament.

The National Council of Provinces Select Committee on Members' and Provincial Legislative Proposals considers draft Bills from individual NCOP members and provincial legislatures.

Petitions may also be tabled in Parliament and referred to the relevant committee that deals with the issue raised in the petition.

Internal Committees
The National Assembly has a number of internal committees that deal with matters affecting the running of Parliament. The Committees normally consist of senior Members of Parliament. The Rules Committee and its sub-committees deal with House rules, the budget of the House, support for Members, internal arrangements, and powers and privileges of members. Other internal Committees are the Programme Committee that plans the work of the Assembly, the Disciplinary Committee, and the Committee of Chairpersons.

The National Council of Provinces has its own domestic Committees. The Rules Committee and its subcommittees deal with the NCOP rules, the NCOP budget, parliamentary privileges, internal arrangements, international relations and delegated legislation. The Programme Committee plans the work of the NCOP and the Committee of Chairpersons make recommendations about the functioning of Committees and other NCOP forums.

Ad hoc Committees
Parliament or one of its Houses may appoint an ad hoc (temporary) Committee when a special task must be done. When the task is complete, the Committee is dissolved.

Joint Committees
The National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces together appoint a number of joint committees, for example the Constitutional Review Committee.

The Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence are statutory Committees. This means that they are established, by the Constitution or by an Act of Parliament, as well as in terms of the rules of Parliament.

The committees play a very important role in the process of building democracy and involving the public in the processes and activities of Parliament.

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24 Feb 2017 Information sharing meeting with the German Delegation
22 Feb 2017 Pharmaceuticals management at Departments of Health: Auditor General briefing
15 Feb 2017 Deaths of mentally ill patients in Gauteng: Health Ombud report and Minister's response
07 Feb 2017 Department of Health on Quarter 1,2 & 3 2016 performance; mom Connect in improving health of pregnant women & reducing maternal & neonatal & infant mortality; Health professionals: placements
30 Nov 2016 Nursing Strategy: Chief Nursing Officer progress report; Nigerian delegation meeting
23 Nov 2016 Medical Innovation Bill: Department of Health input
09 Nov 2016 Public health facilities inspections: Public Service Commission briefing
25 Oct 2016 Health Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report
13 Oct 2016 Department of Health & Office of Health Standards Compliance on their 2015/16 Annual Report, with Minister present
12 Oct 2016 National Health Laboratory Services & Council for Medical Schemes on their 2015/16 Annual Reports
11 Oct 2016 National / Provincial Health Departments audits: Auditor General & FFC input; Medical Research Council on its 2015/16 Annual Report
07 Sep 2016 Compensation Commissioner for Occupational Diseases challenges: Minister of Health and Commissioner's briefings
31 Aug 2016 Department of Health on its 4th quarter 2015/16 report, in presence of Minister
25 Oct 2016 ATC161025: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health, dated 25 October 2016
05 May 2016 ATC160505Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Annual Performance Plan of the Department of Health, its Entities (2016/2017-2018/2019) and Budget Vote 16, dated 5 May 2016
03 Mar 2016 ATC160303: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on Oversight visit to Mpumalanga Province from 22 to 23 September 2014, dated 24 February 2016
03 Mar 2016 ATC160303: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Oversight visit to the Eastern Cape Province From 15 – 18 September 2015, dated 24 February 2016
03 Mar 2016 ATC160303: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on Oversight visit to Limpopo Province from 21 To 24 July 2015, dated 24 February 2016
03 Mar 2016 ATC160303: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Oversight visit to the Free State Province on the 19 June 2015, dated 24 February 2016
04 Nov 2015 ATC151104: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill [B6D-2014] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 4 November 2015
28 Oct 2015 ATC151028: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health, dated 27 October 2015
05 Aug 2015 ATC150805: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill [B6 – 2014 (National Assembly - sec 76)], dated 5 August 2015
13 May 2015 ATC150513: Interim report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill [B6 – 2014] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 13 May 2015
30 Apr 2015 ATC150430: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Strategic Plan (2015/16 To 2019/20), Annual Performance Plan (2015/16 To 2017/18) and Budget Vote 16 of The Department of Health, dated 29 April 2015
22 Oct 2014 ATC141031: Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health for the 2013/14 financial year, dated 22 October 2014
09 Jul 2014 ATC140718: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Strategic Plan (2014/15 – 2018/19), Annual Performance Plan (2014/15) and Budget Vote 16 of the Department of Health, dated 9 July 2014
12 Mar 2014 ATC140328: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014), dated 12 March 2014
12 Nov 2013 ATC131113: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Mental Health Care Amendment Bill [B39B - 2012] (National Assembly – sec 76), dated 12 November 2013
23 Oct 2013 ATC131028: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on a study tour to London, United Kingdom, dated 23 October 2013
17 Oct 2013 ATC131023: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health, dated 17 October 2013
17 Sep 2013 ATC140404: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on oversight visit to Mpumalanga Province from the 16 to 17 September 2013, dated 12 March 2014
02 Aug 2013 ATC140404: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the oversight visit to the North West Province from 29 July to 2 August 2013, dated 12 March 2014
08 May 2013 ATC130510: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Annual Performance Plan for 2013/14 – 2015/16 and Budget Vote 16 of the Department of Health and its Entities, dated 8 May 2013
24 Apr 2013 ATC130424: Report of the Mediation Committee on the National Health Amendment Bill [B24D-2011] (National Assembly – sec 76 (1)), dated 24 April 2013
14 Mar 2013 ATC130314: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the National Health Amendment Bill [B 24D – 2011] (National Assembly– sec 76), dated 14 March 2013
13 Mar 2013 ATC130313: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the Mental Health Care Amendment Bill [B39-2012] (National Assembly– sec 76), dated 13 March 2013
24 Oct 2012 ATC121025: The Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on the performance of the Department of Health for the 2011/12 financial year, dated 24 October 2012
12 Sep 2012 ATC121115: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Health on a study tour to Bangkok, Thailand, dated 12 September 2012
18 Jun 2012 ATC120618: Report on National Health Amendment Bill [B 24 - 2011] (National Assembly – Sec 76), dated 18 June 2012
19 Apr 2012 ATC120419: Report on Budget Vote 16 & the Strategic Plan of the department for 2012/13 - 2014/15, dated 19 April 2012
21 Oct 2011 ATC111021: Report Budgetary Review & Recommendation Report of Portfolio Committee on Health
12 Aug 2011 ATC110812: Report on Oversight visit to Mankweng, Louis Trichardt Hospitals and Madombidza Clinic in the Limpopo Province from 10-12 August 2011, dated 30 November 2011
11 Aug 2011 ATC110811: Report Oversight Visit to Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in the Eastern Cape
25 May 2011 ATC110525: Report Budget Vote 15 & Strategic Plan for 2011/12-2013/14
09 Mar 2011 ATC110309: Report oversight visit to the Free State
12 Apr 2010 ATC100412: Report Budget Vote 15 & Strategic Plan for 2010/11-2012/13
25 Jun 2009 ATC090625: Report Budget Vote 14 & Strategic Plan for 2009/10 Financial Year
18 Nov 2008 ATC081118: Report on Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill
18 Nov 2008 ATC081118: Report on Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill
03 Sep 2008 ATC080903: Report Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill
18 Jun 2008 ATC080617: Report Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill
17 Jun 2008 ATC080617: Report Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill
Report: Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill
10 Jan 2017 NW2679 by Adv A de W Alberts
10 Jan 2017 NW2735 by Dr H C Volmink
10 Jan 2017 NW2734 by Ms L V James
10 Jan 2017 NW2736 by Dr H C Volmink
10 Jan 2017 NW2493 by Dr H Chewane
28 Nov 2016 NW2489 by Ms D Carter
28 Nov 2016 NW2295 by Ms D van der Walt
27 Oct 2016 NW2008 by Dr W G James
17 Oct 2016 NW2021 by Mr D Bergman
17 Oct 2016 NW2091 by Mr J R B Lorimer
17 Oct 2016 NW2056 by Mr H B Groenewald
26 Sep 2016 NW1971 by Ms D Carter
26 Sep 2016 NW1733 by Dr W G James
26 Sep 2016 NW1648 by Mrs C Dudley
26 Sep 2016 NW1970 by Ms D Carter
26 Sep 2016 NW1732 by Dr W G James
05 Aug 2016 NW282 by Mr Shaik Emam
05 Aug 2016 NW1225 by Mr A F Mahlalela
05 Aug 2016 NW1268 by Dr H C Volmink
08 Jun 2016 NW1393 by Ms P T van Damme
08 Jun 2016 NW1267 by Dr H C Volmink
08 Jun 2016 NW1545 by Mr T Z Hadebe
08 Jun 2016 NW1243 by Mrs A T Lovemore
08 Jun 2016 NW1224 by Mrs C Dudley
08 Jun 2016 NW1181 by Mr D America
10 May 2016 NW1180 by Mr D America
10 May 2016 NW1179 by Mr D America
10 May 2016 NW1010 by Dr H C Volmink
10 May 2016 NW1178 by Dr H C Volmink
10 May 2016 NW1214 by Mr C D Matsepe
01 May 2016 NW1219 by Mr M Hlengwa
25 Apr 2016 NW623 by Dr H Chewane
25 Apr 2016 NW760 by Ms N I Tarabella Marchesi
25 Apr 2016 NW862 by Dr H Chewana
25 Apr 2016 NW933 by Mr M Bagraim
25 Apr 2016 NW901 by Dr H Chewane
12 Apr 2016 NW764 by Dr H C Volmink
12 Apr 2016 NW226 by Dr H Chewane
12 Apr 2016 NW444 by Mr W M Madisha
12 Apr 2016 NW83 by Dr M J Cardo
12 Apr 2016 NW766 by Mr H C Volmink
12 Apr 2016 NW765 by Dr H C Volmink
11 Apr 2016 NW861 by Dr H Chewana
11 Apr 2016 NW519 by Mrs C Dudley
11 Apr 2016 NW764 by Dr H C Volmink
11 Apr 2016 NW284 by Dr H Chewane
11 Apr 2016 NW739 by Mr W M Madisha
11 Apr 2016 NW791 by Mr M H Redelinghuys
11 Apr 2016 NW368 by Mr R W T Chance
05 Apr 2016 NW195 by Mr A R McLoughlin

All questions to the Minister

Contact

Secretary of Committee:

Vuyokazi Majalamba

Tel: (021) 403 3770

Cell: 083 709 8522

Email: vmajalamba@parliament.gov.za

Secretary to Chairperson

Selina Mkaliphi

Tel: 021 403 3966

Email: smkaliphi@parliament.gov.za