Msunduzi gives back clinics to KZN health

2012-09-17 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality will hand the municipal health unit back the provincial health department at the beginning of October.

Mayor Chris Ndlela announced the this at a function held at the city hall on Thursday evening.

All the staff members and equipment within the unit would now be under the control of the provincial department.

“We are handing over this function back to the provincial Department of Health with effect from October 1.

“There has been a lot of deliberations on this matter with Salga, KZN Health, Msunduzi municipality and the unions,” said Ndlela.

“It is an open secret that we as the municipality have been facing serious challenges in sustaining the provision of health services to our people.”

He said that under the municipality the unit had faced staff shortages, which were the direct result of salary competition with other departments.

“For this reason we had to limit the provision of services to a couple of days, and even one day per week for that matter.

“There were instances where we had to close down the clinics completely because we could not function at all.

“Needless to say, our people were deprived of a basic human right to health.”

Ndlela said residents would benefit immensely, especially children and the elderly, who were the most vulnerable.

Democratic Alliance caucus leader Bill Lambert said the development was good news for the city because the municipality would have more money to speed up service delivery to its communities by focusing on its core function.

Lambert said health was not a core function of the municipality, but of the provincial department.

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