RWOPS a challenge – MEC

2016-03-23 06:00
HEALTH MEC BENNY MALAKOANE said remunerative work outside of public service (RWOPS) remained a significant challenge in the department. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

HEALTH MEC BENNY MALAKOANE said remunerative work outside of public service (RWOPS) remained a significant challenge in the department. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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THE issue of remunerative work outside of public service (RWOPS) remains a significant challenge in the Department of Health, said Benny Malakoane, MEC for Health.

Malakoane was presenting his budget speech on Friday (18/03) in Welkom.

“This is mainly due to management ineptitude and poor monitoring of the clinicians on RWOPS by the CEOs of hospitals,” Malakoane said.

The MEC said the department expected all health professionals not to perform RWOPS during peak working hours Z 07:30 until 16:00 Z since this increased overtime cost and expenditure on personnel if done during these times.

To effectively deal with this challenge, the department will immediately withdraw the CEOs’ delegation of approving RWOPS and set up a team at corporate level that will consider all RWOPS applications for approval.

To further alleviate the shortage of doctors, expenditure on overtime and the RWOPS debacle, the department welcomed 23 Cuban doctors in February.

The Department of Health received the second biggest budget allocation, which is R9 048 billion, in the 2016-’17 financial year.

The MEC announced that the newly-built Albert Nzula District Hospital in Trompsburg would be operational in April 2016.

The hospital was supposed to be opened over two years ago, but endless infrastructure glitches kept the doors of the hospital shut.

Malakoane said the department had improved from previous financial years, which saw the department under fire for failure to supply medication and accumulating accruals costing millions.

“At the beginning of the 2014-’15 financial year, the situation was such that most of the suppliers were refusing to supply our health facilities with medication and other bare essentials,” he said. The accruals on goods and services stood at R657 001 000 as on 31 March 2014. At the end of August 2014, the accruals had increased to R861 000 000.

To realise the ministerial targets for the training of Medical students, 165 students, consisting of Africans (56%), coloured (17%), Indians (6%) and whites (21%), were taken into their first year at the University of the Free State (UFS).

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