The Free State health system has been in crisis for several years. This province faces more stockouts of essential medicines and supplies than any other province. Each day there are new reports of patients facing inadequate, often undignified and inhumane, and sometimes altogether suspended services. However, the Free State provincial government continues to deny there is a crisis.
In order to expose the truth in the province an independent commission of inquiry conducted public hearings into the state of public healthcare in the Free State on 7th and 8th July 2015. The inquiry investigated the real situation in the province and heard the voices of healthcare providers and users of the system. An independent report will be issued in the coming months that will offer solutions to reverse the collapse of the healthcare system of which mostly poor people depend and rely.
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