Hospital labs open after debt payment

2012-02-13 19:30

Johannesburg - Laboratory services within public hospitals have resumed after the payment of over R700m owed by Gauteng to service providers.

The National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) had begun restoring services at laboratories which were closed last week, said spokesperson Simon Zwane on Monday.

All laboratory services were expected to be operational by the end of the week.

The health department was to begin negotiating with service providers to redeem debt owed, said Zwane.

This followed the payment of R736m to suppliers last week. The NHLS received R150m and the SA National Blood Service received R50m.

The Democratic Alliance reported in January that the shortfall in payments to the NHLS had resulted in the halting of training of technicians and the closing down of laboratories in an effort to save costs while awaiting payment.

Zwane said on Sunday the provincial government had identified "a potential R1bn in cash to pay for service providers in the Gauteng health department".

This would result in R1.6bn being paid by the end of March.

"We would like to reiterate that the department is fully aware and committed to meeting all its past and future obligations to its suppliers," said Zwane.

  • Kim - 2012-02-13 19:37

    How do they think this new NHI is going to work? Amazing how these millions suddenly arrive after media intervention.

      Max - 2012-02-13 19:50

      Never mind the NHI, look at the impact of the new tax culculations on your medical aid contributions from 1 March 2012. We are getting screwed big time.

      Sheik - 2012-02-13 20:03

      Kim, the NHI will get of the ground, but they'll never get it to function without questions of fraud and bad management. The above article will be common place.

  • Comrade - 2012-02-13 19:37


  • Kathleen - 2012-02-13 19:56

    How many patients have died because of mishandling, once again, by the government?

  • braamc - 2012-02-13 19:57

    You have to pay not always steal

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-02-13 20:13

    This is totally unacceptable firstly peoples lives are at stake here those services are required secondly these service providers need to pay salaries if they aren't paid how do they meet there expenses , i bet nobody in the health department went without there salaries , think beyond your own needs

  • fillibusters - 2012-02-13 20:19

    NHLS have increased there costs threefold by using an Australian IT system, replacing a South African system, obviously a politically connected local interest benefited. So its not as obvious as it seems

  • mankankela - 2012-02-13 20:29

    Is there anything that won't be messed up because of the incompetence, arrogance and ineptitude of those responsible? We don't have a hope in hell of instituting NHI successfully. Africa just can't do anything without corruption and incompetence!

      Ally - 2012-02-14 09:30

      It's not only Africa ... corruption and mishandling of state funds is commonplace around the world.

  • Mantsho - 2012-02-13 20:34

    Banana Republic,here we go

      tertia888 - 2012-02-14 13:13

      New Azania!

  • Ian - 2012-02-14 10:03

    banana anyone

  • frans.grobler3 - 2012-02-14 10:18

    Where did you steal the banana's

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