New hospitals just the beginning - minister

2011-01-21 14:15
Pretoria - The five new tertiary hospitals to be built across the country -- to cost more than the World Cup stadia - are only the beginning, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Friday.

"Mpumalanga, the North West... These provinces don't have it... The five [are] just the beginning," he told reporters in Pretoria.

The five are the Chris Hani Baragwanath and George Mukhari hospitals in Gauteng, the King Edward hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, the Nelson Mandela hospital in the Eastern Cape and a new facility in Polokwane, Limpopo.

Motsoaledi said it was likely many of the hospitals would be torn down and rebuilt, instead of refurbished.

They were likely to cost more than the World Cup stadia - which ran into billions of rands - and be funded from a number of sources, including the government and private banks.

Medical faculties were also needed at the various facilities.

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