New service level agreement signed

2019-08-20 06:01
A recently signed service level agreement between the City and the Western Cape government aims to address shortcomings in the provision of municipal personal primary health care services.

A recently signed service level agreement between the City and the Western Cape government aims to address shortcomings in the provision of municipal personal primary health care services.

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The City of Cape Town’s health department recently signed a service level agreement (SLA) with the Western Cape government concerning personal primary healthcare services for the 2019/20 financial year.

This is an annual agreement which confirms the amount of R593.7 million the department receives as a subsidy from the provincial government.

“The City has entered into this agreement with the Western Cape government for a number of years and it is signed on an annual basis,” said the Mayco member for community services and health, councillor Zahid Badroodien.

“This SLA in respect of primary health care services between the two spheres of government seeks to reaffirm the existing relationship and sets out the funding available for personal primary health care services provided by the City,” says Badroodien.

Another aim of the SLA is to address shortcomings in the provision of municipal personal primary health care services and at improved health outcomes in the Cape Metro Health District in line with national, provincial and local government legislation.

“City Health is committed to ensuring a healthier city with adequate and equitable distribution of resources to render quality, comprehensive, cost-effective primary health care services,” adds Badroodien.

The R593.7 million will be distributed across City Health services as follows:

. comprehensive health services (R192.7 million);

. tuberculosis (R30.7 million);

. vaccines (R106.9 million);

. nutrition supplement programme (R6.2 million);

. comprehensive HIV/Aids (R257 million).

The City contributes an additional amount of R734 million to these services, which includes R25 million for additional staff to boost these services across the department.

Badroodien says the City is grateful for the partnership with the provincial government. “It allows us to strengthen primary healthcare to ensure quality basic care to everyone who accesses the health system. We are able to provide a more efficient health service by offering a comprehensive package of care at our facilities.”

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