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'Shake-up' for Gauteng health department

2012-02-27 12:09

Johannesburg - The turnaround and stabilisation of Gauteng’s departments of health and social development is under way, the provincial government said on Monday.

Health and social development MEC Ntombi Mekgwe said the auditing company KPMG would step in this week to help the department with the turnaround.

At the top of the list would be strategy sessions with managers of all hospitals.

"There is going to be a major shake-up in the manner that we do business. We are going to put in place new systems and processes to ensure that there is discipline and integrity in the manner that we do business," said Mekgwe.

She wants hospital overtime managed, private work curbed, and operational efficiencies and the relationship with suppliers improved.

"As part of ensuring discipline and managing overtime, we are in the process of disciplining nine doctors who claimed excessive overtime from the department," she said.

Investigations had shown that these doctors claimed overtime in hospitals where they were not employed.

On the issue of suppliers, Mekgwe said the department was working to settle all outstanding payments due to service providers.

"All debts owed from previous years to March 2011 will be cleared by the end of next month and all other debts will be cleared by June this year," Mekgwe said.

Comments
  • Piet - 2012-02-27 12:21

    And all the useless and corrupt officials will retain their posts

      GeeWizz - 2012-02-27 15:58

      Hi Piet, thumbs up to you in your comment, what about the corrupt officials in treasury as well. I know of companies paying them massive amounts of money to be shared by staff that is involved in decision making for tenders for the health dept nationally. Those people have never been investigated because government always think treasury is above the law and they will do a better job than provincial officials that are also corrupt. I state this because I can prove that treasury has recently awarded a tender to a company giving them 75 items which I offered at 50% cheaper the same product from same manufacturer. Know how is this for information for the hawks to investigate the people behind this tender award. I have reported this immediately to the corruption line and noone has since come back to me nor have we heard anything on the news about treasury staff being investigated. This is a huge slap in the face.

      GeeWizz - 2012-02-27 16:02

      I am also aware of treasury staff allowing companies to submit better pricing sheets (after tender submissions have closed) in order for them to secure huge quantities of stock items required by hospitals nationally. They do this allover the country by hospitals and depots that do buying for the provincial hospitals, but nobody does anything to get rid of this corrupt practice.

      Willie - 2012-02-27 16:05

      @ GeeWizz --"...know of companies paying them massive amounts of money to be shared by staff that is involved in decision making for tenders..." You need to be a ggod citizen why don't you report this matter to 702 crime line.Or maybe your are one of those who benefit,just checking

  • Sharon - 2012-02-27 12:30

    All I want to know is how was it allowed to get this much out of control? Surely there would have been signs that all was not well in the health department?

  • Hermann - 2012-02-27 12:45

    Not longing for the past at all, but must wonder why these things did not happen prior to 1994.

      Piet - 2012-02-27 12:47

      Because we had pride in what we did.....

      Kobus - 2012-02-27 12:51

      Im definitely longing for the past when people still had pride in their work and there was discipline and work ethics. Not like these clowns running the show now and that goes for ALL the government depts!

  • Paulo - 2012-02-27 12:55

    Ja-excuse my cynicism-but haven't we heard this before only for the same story to re-appear a year later? just think of all the money and resources that have been wasted up until now-it should be crime.

  • eugene.trollip - 2012-02-27 13:09

    And another few million of taxpayer's money wasted on consultants to fix their mess. And once the consultants have left - it is business as usual, back to the old ways and back to the mess thay are in now.

  • Kala - 2012-02-27 13:44

    What a load of cr@p!!! We have been listening to these promises of wake up calls for years now. The call now is for the stabalisation of the Department. That sounds like they want to stabilise it at the current level which we all know is absolutely rubbish.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-27 13:45

    And very shortly we will have anything up to what we currently pay for private medical aid deducted from our salaries in the form of the NHI, don't expect services to get much better though, they won't.

  • Murechen - 2012-02-27 13:47

    There have been so many "shake ups" that the healthcare system broke.

  • sean.redmond3 - 2012-02-27 14:42

    Promises, promises.................ja, no fine.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-02-27 15:21

    "We are going to put in new systems" Wow, how visionary! How long has it taken to realise this?

  • mherselman - 2012-02-27 16:31

    What these clowns don't understand is as follows. Yesterday the Sunday Times advertised a gazillion positions for CEO's for hospitals. The post specification for all the major hospitals calls for suitable qualifications in the Health environment (i.e. Medical Doctors). Now this is exactly where the problem lies. Running a hospital has much more to do with Operations Management than Medical Management, but they think that because a Medical Doctor can Operate, he/she is also an Operations Manager. They don't understand the difference between the two, and therefore the Supply Chain Operations will never succeed, because they refer to the wrong Operations. Therefore, Medical Doctors that want to operate on people are expected to operate the processes in the hospital. They have no knowledge of this and therefore it is complete shambles.

  • Nipsirc - 2012-03-14 09:05

    The President has to order all Ministers and Government employees to use and only use the LOCAL hospitals. Anyone using private clinics from the Government must be sacked. Suddenly you will see everything being sorted out.

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