Published in 2011, the main aim of the National Core Standards for Health Establishments is to:
• Develop a common definition of quality care which should be found in all health establishments in South Africa, as a guide to the public and to managers and staff at all levels;
• Establish a benchmark against which health establishments can be assessed, gaps identified and strengths appraised; and
• Provide for the national certification of compliance of health establishments with mandatory standards.
The vision of the National Core Standards Establishments in South Africa is that proper, decent health care in a clean, safe environment is rendered to all patients by motivated staff and responsible leaders upholding ethical standards. It is thus legitimate for a health care professional to raise concern if such a standard is not met and RHAP recommends all health care professionals to make use of these standards in their local advocacy for facility level improvements.