Millions spent on ‘ghost employees’

2015-09-24 06:00

PORT Shepstone Regional Hospital has been named as one of several hospitals and clinics in the province that have “ghost employees” in their workforce.

An ongoing audit by the provincial Department of Health has thus far revealed that in KwaZulu-Natal, a total of

1 533 employees, costing the department R24.7 million in salaries a month, could not be accounted for.

JG Crookes Hospital in Scottburgh also appears in the list.

Responding to questions raised by the DA, Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said the concern about the ghost employees was raised in October 2014 and while the audit continues, salaries have been frozen in cases where the employees could not be accounted for.

“An in-house team is working on identifying officials who created and/or allowed existence of ghost employees and other parties who benefited from the scheme,” said Dhlomo.

The audit report is expected to be completed by the end of this month and be available for review on 30 October.

DA member of legislature Dr Imran Keeka said he was shocked by this and feels the people of KwaZulu-Natal have been let down.

“It points to gross mismanagement and extreme tardiness on the part of the MEC and his department. The sheer number of ghost employees is evidence that individuals have been taking advantage of the system for a very long time.

“It is intolerable that more than R288 million per year is being paid to people who have no intention of setting foot inside a hospital while health services continue to decline,” said Keeka

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