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E Cape ordered to cut health budget

2012-01-26 07:41

Port Elizabeth - The Eastern Cape health department has been ordered to cut its budget by R205m and stop the appointment of all new doctors, according to a report on Thursday.

The instruction from the provincial treasury is a bid to recoup on an over-expenditure of nearly R660m, The Herald reported.

According to a letter written by the treasury last month, the measures must be implemented in the current financial year.

The treasury forecasts a further overdraft of R452m if drastic cost-cutting strategies are not implemented.

Junior Doctors’ Association of SA chairperson Tende Makofane said doctors on the ground were extremely upset.

“The fact that all appointments have been stopped affects more than 400 junior doctors in the province.

“We have called on the minister of health and the national treasury to intervene,” he said.

“We reserve the right to take legal action if we do not reach a favourable outcome.”

Health superintendent-general Dr Siva Pillay said in a letter to treasury that his department would employ 1 114 doctors during this financial year.

“It cannot be classified as new additional appointments because we are absorbing those doctors who completed their community service. It is the same people. Nothing is going to change. Doctors will be appointed,” he said.

Comments
  • Ben - 2012-01-26 07:48

    Where did the overspent amount go to. Recover and appoint the people. We cannot allow service delivery to suffer as a result of corruption.

      Jaco - 2012-01-26 07:58

      The overspended amount mostly went into their BMW's and other nice shiny cars and things that were brought to africa by the evil whites....

      Gerhard - 2012-01-26 08:02

      Ben, where have you been since 1994? Service delivery suffering because of corruption is an ANC way of life! They do not use our tax for service delivery my friend, they use it for their back pockets and to appoint cadres!!! THAT is their policy!

      raegan.mcreed - 2012-01-26 08:26

      the over spent money went to the A.N.C fat cats, it was spent over lavish new years & private parties, new cars and private getaways to exotic islands while the destitute and poor suffer and die in the dilapidated poor maintained government hospitals, its really sad .....

      alexander.lombard - 2012-01-26 08:42

      It was Mr Pillay's predecesor. This guy should be a hero for how he turned that department around. Unfortunately he had to build it up from the floor again.

  • Leon - 2012-01-26 07:54

    Can anybody say FAT CATS??

      Compos - 2012-01-26 08:01

      ANC? Close enough?

  • Ian - 2012-01-26 07:56

    wow so from having f all equipment in your hospitals to having totally f all, First thing I pay every month my medical aid, keep your public hell holes, I would rather pay large medical aid premiums every month that sit in large q's thank you

      Xavier7034 - 2012-01-26 08:48

      Trouble is @Ian, there are OLD many people, across the spectrum, who have no choice, and cannot afford to pay for a medical aid and HAVE to use public hospitals.

  • Archie - 2012-01-26 08:02

    Gov, is always looking for new money when there is corruption and overspending.Never thought of prosecuting the cadres who helped steal our taxpayers money?Eish that money is gone we have to get some more .What the hell ,force the thieves to return the money,destroy BEE and become competitive again,Limpoopoo is the same all the money has gone to family members of the councillors,notably all from the tripartheid alliance(tripartheid =apartheid in new ANC lead country)If you aint black enough you get no gov tenders,however we are good enough to take taxes from.

  • Evan - 2012-01-26 08:10

    They must be charged for murder!!!!! Because of the theft, NO new doctors will be appointed and people will die as a result!!!! PATHETIC!!

  • chiepner - 2012-01-26 08:11

    So lets rather let the people suffer because of obviously corrupt and incompetent administrators. Why not get rid of these administrators and officials who gets paid a massive salary to start with for doing absolutly nothing but eat out of the cookie jar the entire time. Now again service delivery is being hit on a large scale, but dont worry comrades - next elextion we promise to fix everything, we promise better health, less corruption and we promise that the gravy train will only expand by the tiniest amount. WE PROMISE that if you dont vote our ancestors will punish you almost as hard as we are punishing you now for voting us in office and stealing all the money. On a serious note - its the electorate in the E Cape own fault for keeping on voting blindly for corrupt officials who gets fatter and fatter while services gets poorer and poorer. Wake up E Cape - because at the moment me thinks your financial affairs is probly much worse than Limpopo's state.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-26 08:23

    dont they mean..."CUT THE STEALING BY 660 MILLION?"

  • alexander.lombard - 2012-01-26 08:37

    400m for a party but no money for health. Bravo!

  • Rudi Van Der Bank - 2012-01-26 08:38

    Again!! They would rather employ people that don't know what they are doing based on their skin color than employ the right person for the job! Everything in this country is a stuff up!

      Nkulekweni - 2012-01-26 09:20

      This is not about skin colour it is about the absolute incompetence of members of the ruling party made up of members of all south african races. Only last week I had to sort out a mess caused by a lawyers firm comprising of all white people and a government department where the seniors to whose offices I was sent were all white. Should I therefore conclude from this experience that all white people are incompetent? Grow up Rudi or go to orangia.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-26 08:41

    This is pathetic.........please people wake up and VOTE .......DA

  • John - 2012-01-26 08:58

    Cut the health and education expenses.... just don't cut our fat salaries, luxury houses, perks, fancy cars, excessive travelling allowances...

  • richard.fahrenfort - 2012-01-26 09:09

    Cut the salaries of the health department officials and review all the inflated tenders instead! The patients shouldn't have to suffer like this... Also, those young doctors may just look abroad for work and further drain our skills pool.

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-01-26 09:14

    Wow! the mind boggles. Who votes these people into government? Shouldnt the solution be to stop corruption and improve service delivery rather than to stop service delivery and continue with corruption...god deliver us!!1

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