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No KwaZulu-Natal health labs shutting down

2012-02-07 11:14

Johannesburg - The KwaZulu-Natal health department was working "tirelessly" to prevent the shutdown of laboratories, it said on Tuesday.

"The KZN department of health is aware that some institutions have been advised of an intention by the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) to close laboratories in the various facilities.

"At this stage we are not aware of a closure of any laboratory in the province," the department said in a statement.

The Times newspaper on Tuesday quoted Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi as saying that laboratories should not be closed down under any circumstances.

He was responding to the reported closure of 10 laboratories by the National Health Laboratory Service because of financial constraints.

The KZN health department said: "We are working tirelessly with our National office, the Office of the Premier and the Treasury to ensure that the impasse with NHLS is speedily resolved.

"Furthermore; the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health continues to make monthly payments of R43m towards the NHLS and has not reneged on this commitment."

Comments
  • Andrew - 2012-02-07 12:16

    How is it possible for Health departments to not pay for the services from NHLS and then expect a continuation of tests.By all accounts the amounts involved run into millions, some R700m in Gauteng and R200m in KZN. The mind bogles at this situation, surely these departments must be placed under independant administration and the persons responsible for non payments suspended without pay.

      JohanBeaurain - 2012-02-17 14:48

      Andrew, I would love to know the reasons why these labs were not paid as they were expected to be paid. Is because we are at the end of the financial year and they have already exhausted the available budget, or what is the reason why they were not paid?

  • JohanBeaurain - 2012-02-17 19:39

    I would love to know the reasons why these labs were not paid as they were expected to be paid. Is it because we are at the end of the financial year and they have already exhausted the available budget, or what is the reason why they were not paid?

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