Strange move by KZN Department of Health

2016-12-01 06:00

IN a strange move the KZN Department of Health (DoH) has decided that centralising all functions to its head office that were previously devolved to facilities, will start to tackle and even solve some of the department’s financial woes. This in the hope of getting a clean audit.

The DA-run Western Cape DoH, which has yet again obtained a clean audit, has shown that doing the opposite works best.

One of the many ways in which this move is set to impact is within the staff uniform supply industry. If it is centralised then the DoH will simply buy from one supplier rather than through the free-market system. This will hit SMMEs hard. With the current supply chain raising red flags of possible corruption cited by the Auditor-General, items are also likely to be purchased at inflated prices.

The department’s own track record confirms this forecast.

With all the department’s current headaches, it seems it will simply be creating more with its centralisation programme.

While the plan was presented last week to KZN’s Finance and Scopa committees, the Health Portfolio Committee is yet to have sight of it. This means it was cobbled together hastily after the last portfolio committee a mere two weeks ago, yet another reason why the DA has concerns over the achievability of some of the objectives or milestones.

Instead of ensuring that small businesses grow, the DoH’s Marxist move is set to ensure suffering through job losses, something KZN’s economy can ill afford.


Dr Imran Keeka, MPL

DA KZN Health
spokesperson

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