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Premier defends health MEC move

2012-02-21 16:54

Pretoria - The Gauteng provincial government has conceded that there is a crisis within its health department, but Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has defended her decision to retain health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe.

The rot did not lie with the political leadership, but that individuals in the department had to account, Mokonyane told reporters in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"This is a department which employs more than 15 000 professionals. It is very easy for people to say when there is a challenge, fire the MEC and the real culprits get away with murder," she said.

In her state of the province address on Monday, Mokonyane announced that the health department was being split from the social development department, and that Mekgwe would remain health MEC.

She said a major shake-up was imminent across key departments, including social development, roads and transport and health.

In what she described as "a mismatch" in departmental skills allocations, Mokonyane said some people did not have the requisite competency for their positions.

"You find that this person with a senior position in transport... cannot even draw a road. That is why services are outsourced and we have to pay the huge bills," she said.

The premier said massive irregularities had also been unearthed in public health institutions like the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, where doctors were bringing in their own patients from private medical institutions and treating them with state resources.

Mokonyane said many nurses at the government hospitals came to work "just to sit around and save their energy" for the time they went on duty at private institutions.

She said R25m was saved in December when the authorities discovered how the overtime claims system was being abused by hospital staff.

"We have now introduced new systems on how people check-in for work. People would claim overtime and get paid for time they had not spent at work," she said.

Comments
  • Willie - 2012-02-21 17:03

    Mrs Premier pls if this MEC was a CEO in private,i promise you she was history.But i understand where you come from ,protect your political allies others you will never see the light of day in Bloem you are history

      bernpm - 2012-02-21 17:59

      "....This is a department which employs more than 15 000 professionals. It is very easy for people to say when there is a challenge, fire the MEC and the real culprits get away with murder," she said. Or you say....."I cannot do this job...." and resign. "The rot did not lie with the political leadership...." Where else ??

  • Anthony - 2012-02-21 17:08

    OK great lets fire whats left of the one,s that know what they doing and keep the one,s that don,t. Yes well that makes sence!

  • elemental777 - 2012-02-21 17:11

    Is there some kind of " book of excuses " that they issue to these so called leaders

      Ronald - 2012-02-21 18:56

      No, this is what the overpaid consultants are for.

  • mike.clery - 2012-02-21 17:28

    With these politicians it's got nothing to do with ability and everything to do with protecting allies.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-21 17:30

    What was the Mec doing, while her dept was rotting. She obviously wasn't doing her job. Give her a production bonus while you at it.

  • mike.clery - 2012-02-21 17:36

    Does the premier not understand that MEC's are paid huge salaries to make sure that officials perform? Does she not understand that officials are paid from the public purse and that elected representatives are just that - that they're there to make sure public money isn't stolen and squandered by officials?

  • Leon - 2012-02-21 17:40

    "You find that this person with a senior position in transport... cannot even draw a road. That is why services are outsourced and we have to pay the huge bills," she said. 1. You are DUMB - Transport is a different discipline from Roads. 2. Congratulations: Cadre deployment and BEE got you where you are.

  • Andrew - 2012-02-21 17:43

    The MEC must be a relative or friend!!! As usual.

  • bernpm - 2012-02-21 17:57

    "....This is a department which employs more than 15 000 professionals. It is very easy for people to say when there is a challenge, fire the MEC and the real culprits get away with murder," she said. Or you say....."I cannot do this job...." and resign. "The rot did not lie with the political leadership...." Where else ??

  • Tanie - 2012-02-21 18:20

    A diploma level functioning MEC without any health education,what do you expect? This is the high time we refuse to pay for crapy services and bring these monsters down. It worked with the apartheid regimen and the ones who are in the forefront were either save in prisons or breakfasting with cheese overseas AND we who were exposed to all sorts of things are watching while these fat cats ruin everything behind the ANC logo.They must be forced out.

  • Rippedtulle - 2012-02-21 18:25

    I have to agree with the Premier - not something I am keen to admit. I have directly and indirectly experienced the J'burg healthcare system. Hospitals do have a CEO - the firing should start there from the MEC of health. Majority of nurses are lazy,rude,apathetic and they are waiting to enter private care or just working off their contracts. The money isn't as crap as they make it out to be R4500 a month while studying and they don't even pay for the studies. The system is not efficient at all. There is a lack of Doctors and combined with seriously crappy support staff is a disaster. The emergency care unit is a bugger up of note - doctors don't even know the lay of the land and nursing staff doesn't care. Doctors get rotated during their training and thats a normal standard. Calling for the head of the MEC isn't going to work call for the head of the CEO's

      Tuner - 2012-02-21 18:46

      You obviously have never been in a management position, so you do not know what you are talking about. Putting someone who will do their work in her place is the way to go, because it is obvious she is not!

      Rippedtulle - 2012-02-21 19:01

      Tuner I have had more management positions I care to talk about. You mixing politics and mass business with thinking it is a micro business. You clearly a manager of a take away joint in some Karoo town.

      Tuner - 2012-02-21 19:48

      The fact, by your own admission, that you have had so many management postions says it all! If it is the HODs fault, she should have fired them long ago. She had almost two years and did what?? .... nothing!! Is that how you dealt with your staff, by making stupid remarks!

  • Mark - 2012-02-21 18:25

    If the Boss stuffs things up, resign! End of story. Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, you are talking to the Public here and not your gullible accolytes!

      Rippedtulle - 2012-02-21 18:46

      The boss of a hospital is the CEO the boss of them is the MEC so the crap should trickle down.

  • Tuner - 2012-02-21 18:43

    This MEC has been in this position for almost two years. How many years will it take her to find out what is going and sort out the problems in her department. She is supposed to have tons of experience and qualifications as long as your arm, yet what was she doing since 2010?? Obviously enjoying the good life! She has managers and HODs to do the work, she is just supposed to provide oversight, but it seems she took this too literally and overlooked all the shenanigans going on in her departments. Obvious cadre protection.

      Rippedtulle - 2012-02-21 20:47

      O Rob, back to your cave and unless you live in SA and experience PVT to public healthcare you can comment. Various meaning the one business recruited me accordingly and I never did a contract for longer than 2 years - that's incredibly varied. So hush until you get a perfect business with no problems you cant talk unless you live in tinkerbell land. Tsk Tsk o robbie back into your box with no facts.

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