The Acting Chief Executive of the National Hospital Network (NHN), and past Chief Executive and current Board member of the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA), Kurt Worrall-Clare, has passed away this past weekend.
Over the years, Worrall-Clare has worked collaboratively with government departments, led private sector initiatives, run a private hospital group, and contributed through HASA and NHN to over-arching healthcare reform debates and discussions.
Earlier this year Worrall-Clare took up the cudgels on behalf of hospitals and patients who came under threat during the electricity cut-offs in eMalahleni. He took it upon himself to initiate and front a media and stakeholder campaign to draw attention to the plight of hospitals and to plead for them to be exempt from the Eskom electricity cuts that plunged hospitals into the dark, and interrupted their water supplies. His appeal was heard and the looming tragedy was averted.
“We have lost one of our own and will miss his legal acumen, his counsel, his leadership, his honesty, and his vision. We will also miss his dry wit, his warm smile, his mischievous sense of humour, his compassion for people no matter who they were and where they came from, and his passion for their health,” said HASA in a statement.