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Recovery plan for Gauteng health dept

2012-09-24 20:33

Johannesburg - The Gauteng health department has developed a plan to address the auditor general’s findings in its latest annual report, the department said on Monday.

The department received a qualified audit opinion based on, among other things, its revenue, irregular expenditure, leave entitlement and capped leave commitments, spokesperson Simon Zwane said in a statement.

"One of the initiatives to ensure that the department receives a clean audit in the current financial year: the department has appointed a chief financial officer (CFO) who assumed duties at the beginning of September 2012."

Zwane said the new CFO, Ndoda Biyela, and other senior managers would ensure there were tighter financial controls, improved contracts management and that the departments complied with the Public Finance Management Act.

The department had also appointed several other senior managers as part of its turnaround strategy, which was launched last month to ensure stability of its finances and top management.

"The plan also aims at ensuring that clinics have essential medication, hospitals do not have to contend with malfunctioning equipment, as well as proper allocation of resources," said Zwane.

Comments
  • Martin522 - 2012-09-24 20:52

    Constant supervision by an outside company is the only way forward, Even though there will be cost involved, getting an outside company to audit on a weekly on monthly basis, is all that will work. Evan maybe look at a management company to stop this problems. I am sure the cost of a management company will be less than the corruption costs.

      FinalJustice - 2012-09-24 21:08

      This is the single biggest problem we have in SA: We can't create employment by designating other people see to it that everyone else do what it is they're supposed to be doing. The buck stops at the heads of state departments (or directorates) and it is their sole responsibility to see after the state of affairs in their departments, period.

      Desilusionada - 2012-09-24 21:56

      Apparently there is no skills shortage in auditing companies, only in all of the other disciplines in the rest of the economy. Q: Why were skilled people not employed in the 1st place? Q: How will the appointment of more managers "stabilize" the current ones? Perhaps the complete public servant sector needs to ruthlessly start addressing soft issues like accountability, responsibility, sense of ownership of problems, honesty, pride, integrity etc etc. Then appoint skilled people. Which are well available if they get rid of EE/BBBEE. And get rid of the chip on the shoulder..............

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-25 00:38

      Desilusionada - don't you know what happens when there are too many chiefs? errr...sorry... managers?

  • FinalJustice - 2012-09-24 20:58

    Recovery plan for Gauteng health dept: Step 1, Fire everyone in Gauteng health dept.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-24 21:10

    Step two,fire the whole government.

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-25 00:39

      step three......err....hmmm... I don't think there are any more steps - this is IT! We would have solved our problems LOL

  • oscar.pretorius.52 - 2012-09-24 21:24

    If they hadn't let the health dpt go to the dogs in the first place they wouldn't need a recovery plan.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-09-24 21:49

      @Oscar...and the best part is, now that a "Recovery Plan" is in place, they will be "rewarded" with a performance bonus.

      oscar.pretorius.52 - 2012-09-25 14:03

      Yeah that's probably what will happen godfrey. Sad story is I have had family members that were born in Joburg General Hospital....now days no one wants to set foot there

  • Erna - 2012-09-24 21:47

    Appointed more senior managers! Have they fired the last lot?

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-09-24 21:49

    Why would they need a recovery plan if everything is running smoothly?

  • chris.summers.3954 - 2012-09-24 22:31

    Blah Blah, let's have an Indaba, and put together a task team, and roll out some press releases... All a load of sh&*, the health department is in the state it is in because you deployed useless cadres into management positions and tendered out all procurement to ANC affiliated tenderpreneurs.

  • tommo.too - 2012-09-25 00:57

    It's the patients who should focus on recovering. The plan for the department is discipline!

  • BlueFeather - 2012-12-14 09:25

    So the Gauteng Health Department was operating without a CFO and other senior managers until now? No wonder the department is in such a state. Sounds more like a bunch of kids playing doctor-doctor than a government department providing quality health care!

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