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Gauteng to get new health MEC, HoD

2012-02-20 16:30

Johannesburg - Gauteng will get a new and dedicated MEC and head of department (HoD) for health to improve the management and administration of provincial hospitals, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has announced.

Delivering her state of the province address at the University of Pretoria's Vista campus in Mamelodi, north of Gauteng, Mokonyane said some of the interventions would focus on problems which have plagued the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

The province, said Mokonyane, was "a victim of its own success" on health matters as dramatic increases in patient numbers, including the influx of "health migrants" had put a strain on the coffers of the province to provide proper health services.

"Some [immigrants] come just for the day to collect medicines and see health professionals. And others come to give birth or have operations.

"This spiralling demand places huge pressure on our health system," she said, adding that the number of primary health care visits increased by 1 million to 20 million a year between 2010 and last year.

"The use of our public health facilities has expanded dramatically, but the health budget has not.

"This situation is made worse by poor financial management and operational weaknesses, which necessitated interventions by the provincial government, supported by the national government," said the premier.

Mokonyane took a swipe at "unscrupulous" government officials and individuals in the private sector who were lining their pockets with taxpayers' money, as is apparent from the discovery of 150 cases of fraud and corruption in the province.

Among these were nine doctors from local hospitals.

The cases were uncovered, in part, because of the premier’s hotline, which responded to more than 90 000 complaints since its launch a few months ago.

Mokonyane said her government was serious about rooting out corruption as it undermined effective service delivery.

"Our work to address operational weaknesses and ensure proper controls and accountability has uncovered unscrupulous individuals from both the public and the private sectors who attempt to abuse the public service and divert public resources for their own selfish ends," said Mokonyane.

She noted that the health department could save up to R20m a month by dealing with the abuse of overtime.

Mokonyane said the interventions on health would help the province in its bid to decrease the child mortality rate.

The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital has been plagued by reports of avoidable child deaths in the past few months.

Disciplinary action would be instituted in cases of negligence and the department would focus more on financial management at health institutions.

The province would also focus on safety and security, improve support for farmers and develop a Smart City near Nasrec in Johannesburg as an information and communications technology (ICT) hub to “improve the quality of life and decrease the cost of ICT”.

Gauteng has pledged R500m, while the national government has injected R1.4bn to upgrade bulk water services linked to the Sedibeng Regional Sanitation Scheme to provide more water for residents.

A long-term transport plan was also on the cards to support the Bus Rapid Transport System between Tshwane and Johannesburg.

Mokonyane lamented the high rate of crime against women and children and promised to take steps to improve conviction rates, forensic capacity for police and enhance support for affected families and the handling of police dockets.

Comments
  • Gerhard - 2012-02-20 16:33

    "Gauteng will get a new and dedicated MEC and head of department (HoD) for health to improve the management and administration of provincial hospitals, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has announced." What she actually means is that she has a family member that needs a job so she created one. Or am I just being negative? Will this actually improve the situation?

      Tooka - 2012-02-20 16:37

      Yep! - More pigs to the trough

      Jack - 2012-02-20 16:50

      That or another AA candidate

      Tooka - 2012-02-20 16:55

      They in a hole, they need more staff to help dig them out.

  • braamc - 2012-02-20 16:34

    Makes no difference, show me one ANC filth that actually performs

  • Victor - 2012-02-20 16:44

    And again, in the ANC comrades connections there ain't someone better. Everyone of the comrades gets a high profile position, cannot do the job but help themselves, becomes a millionere in a year or two and then replaced?? And it will go on and on!!!

  • Bob - 2012-02-20 16:47

    First job is organise big company car, then travelling expenses for use of own vehicle, huge expense account, employ all relatives to help, then, if there is anything left, throw a couple of Rands at the improvement of the health system, err what experience will this new appointee need.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-20 16:50

      No experience required, only requirement being that is has to be a relative who is currently unemployed. Criminal record will be an advantage.

  • Getafix - 2012-02-20 16:49

    Another Golden Handshake coming soon.

  • Silas - 2012-02-20 16:52

    MEC overtime caused laziness from Staff, bu comes 15th Of each month, and this destract the Governmaent to employ and traine more staff, because the manager coalite with satff to claim more over times with less service. please stop over time and reduce working ours of nuserse to six hours per day.

  • Mzwandile - 2012-02-20 17:01

    At least she does not have an only male cabinet. Women empowerment is central to a sustainable success of South Africa. Primitive versus progressive = women's place is in the kitchen versus empowerment of women

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-20 17:12

    Promises Promises. Always telling us what they plan to do. Still waiting to hear , we have done, instead of going to do.

  • Pawel - 2012-02-20 17:37

    More potato and garlic tables on the way!!!

  • Alfred - 2012-02-20 19:42

    Poor financial management is a good euphemism for plain and simple theft.

      bernpm - 2012-02-20 23:52

      "Our work to address operational weaknesses and ensure proper controls and accountability has uncovered unscrupulous individuals from both the public and the private sectors who attempt to abuse the public service and divert public resources for their own selfish ends," said Mokonyane. As you say: "poor (financial) management" equals incompetence which allows any clever oke to get his hands in the till. Cannot blame others for loosing some if you cannot watch your own chicken. Today's flavour of the month excuse for incompetence is "victims of corruption".

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