Gauteng to pay health contractors

2012-03-14 10:47

Gauteng will pay all contractors rendering health services by June.

“We will pay by June. Some contracts will be terminated, others reviewed for the need to diversify,” Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane said today.

Mokonyane was speaking at the Kliptown Clinic in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg on a visit to assess the state of health care services.

A woman in the paediatric section asked the premier to increase the number of nurses because they were waiting too long before being attended to.

“This clinic has 19 nurses, it is well staffed, we will try to intervene,” Mokonyane said while playing with a baby.

“Oh, she’s lovely,” she said, handing the baby back to its mother.

The premier found three primary school children at the clinic who were not accompanied by adults. She called the mother of one of the boys on the phone, who said she thought her child was at school.

The premier asked the three boys to go home and return with their parents or another adult. The boys were too young to consent to treatment.

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