Netcare Group chief executive Richard Friedland tells MPs in parliament’s two health committees that Netcare is fighting the pandemic with the government.
“We already said in March that we would help the public sector treat patients on a nonprofit basis and with the necessary dignity.”
According to a presentation he made, Friedland said, among other things, that there are currently a total of about 6,040 inpatient hospital beds in the country and that about 3,000 of them are in the private sector. He said Netcare also currently has about 1 048 breathing apparatus in its vigils nationwide.
Gauteng and the Western Cape have most of it, but there are also appliances in each of the other provinces.
According to him, they have also made 1,024 beds available for all Covid-19 positive patients, but that they can increase the number if the demand so requires.
Friedland says Netcare has so far admitted about 664 Covid-19 positive cases in its hospitals.
“We have also successfully reached agreements with the Western Cape and the national health minister to provide services during the pandemic and we will do so on a non-profit basis.