Improving South Africa's Healthcare Infrastructure

The Minister of Health has published, in terms of the National Health Act, 2003 (Act No. 61 of 2003), some of the Health Infrastructure Norms, Standards and Guidelines in three Government Gazettes:

The gazetted guidelines are for application by Provincial Departments of Health in the planning and implementation of public sector health facilities. The  are applicable to the planning, design and implementation of all new building projects. Any deviations from the voluntary standards should be motivated during the Infrastructure Delivery Management Systems (IDMS) gateway approval process. The guidelines should not be seen as a requirement necessitating the alteration and upgrading of existing healthcare facilities. In addition, a number of ungazetted guidelines are published for information.

 South African Federation of Hospital Engineering