Managers in public health sector must work together

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Durban - Senior managers in the public health sector must participate in collaborative leadership in order to achieve the policies that were set by the government.

"We need senior managers who will form a partnership to achieve and overcome the challenges in the public health services. We as the department believe that through collaborative efforts we can achieve government strategies," said Minister for Public Service and Administration Richard Baloyi.

He said in order for government to achieve its Millennium Development Goals by 2014, senior managers in the public sector need to start forming a collaborative leadership with their employees, to overcome the challenges facing them.

Themed, "Building collaborative leadership within the Public Health Sector", the week-long 8th Public Service Senior Management Service (SMS) Conference, is focusing on the public health services sector.

Department Director-General Professor Roy Levin said the overall aim of the conference is to create a platform and an opportunity for SMS members to identify gaps and possible interventions in the public health sector.

"This year we decided to focus on the health sector because it is one of the government's top priorities and we need to make sure that the quality of public health services is available to all the citizens, despite of their location," said Prof Levin.