Mpumalanga health under curatorship

2014-06-29 15:45
David Mabuza. Picture: Buks Viljoen

David Mabuza. Picture: Buks Viljoen

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Mbombela - Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has expressed his dissatisfaction with the local healthcare system, where more than R2bn has been spent to try improve its quality.

Delivering his State of the Province Address in Mbombela, Mabuza promised to provide citizens with an effective and efficient healthcare system that is accessible, professional, affordable and responsive.

"Whilst over R2.57bn has been invested in health infrastructure, and our hospital revitalisation and improvement programmes have improved the quality of healthcare across the province, we remain unsatisfied with the current state of affairs," he said.

He said the provincial executive council took the "drastic" step to place the Mpumalanga health department under curatorship. 

"We can no longer tolerate the instances of mismanagement and neglect in our hospitals and healthcare facilities that persist despite our ongoing efforts to address these issues at both the political and administrative levels. It stops now,” he said.

In December last year, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) gave the Mpumalanga health department until 31 March this year to formulate and submit a detailed programme of action to address the critical skills, infrastructure and administrative problems in hospitals and clinics in the province.

SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena said the commission found that several hospitals were in a critical state, which included a shortage of doctors, nurses, and lack of adequate infrastructure, resulting in the violation of the public’s right to access healthcare services.

On Friday, Mabuza said the leadership and the citizens of the province have spoken unanimously in favour of a total overhaul of the health system in the province.

“Our principal focus is, of course, on the needs of our patients and we have prioritised the provision of food, linen and waste removal services with immediate effect.

"Simultaneously, we will make available the resources and capacity required to implement a turnaround strategy for our health care system that ensures that we move towards creating a robust foundation for the implementation of the National Health Insurance,” Mabuza said.

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