Netcare’s multimillion-rand-a-year contract to manage the biggest hospital in Lesotho hangs by a thread after the government moved to cancel the deal, reported Business Day (23 March 2021). This came after Netcare and its partners in the management of the Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital in Maseru fired 300 nurses who had been on strike for six weeks over higher pay. Health Minister Semano Sekatle said the cabinet instructed him to expedite the termination on the basis that Netcare and its partners were in breach of a contract to provide advanced clinical services in exchange for a fee of R500-million a year from the government.

The termination could trigger a disaster at the country’s only national referral hospital, which serves nearly a quarter of the population.

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