Gauteng health to eliminate waste

2013-03-03 21:43

Johannesburg - The Gauteng health department said on Sunday it would continue implementing its strategy plan and would monitor all areas where it could cut costs and eliminate waste.

"The areas of cost containment include fleet management, laboratory services, medical supplies, overtime and generic ones such as cellphones, catering, photocopying, travelling, the review of contracts for cost effectiveness against market rates and value for money," said Health MEC Hope Papo.

He was speaking at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital on the department's achievements in the past year and its goals for the 2013/2014 financial year.

"To this extent the implementation of cost containment plan has resulted in savings of around R100m," said Papo.

He said the department had until now, paid 99% of the debt owed to its suppliers.

The department aimed to improve the response times of emergency medical services. Papo said they also wanted to see completion of the construction work at the new Zola/Jabulani Hospital in Soweto by 1 April.

"The province will procure 100 new ambulances and 20 specialised obstetric ambulances to respond to expectant women in labour.

"The hospital will be operational from this date and will operate at between 70% and 90% capacity."

He said the hospital would offer paediatric services, a mortuary, maternity services and theatre.

The department said the availability of essential medicines at health facilities had increased from 40% to 78%, but they hoped to increase this to 98% this year.

Papo said the re-engineering of the medical supply depot was continuing while the construction of the new Gauteng medical supply depot would start during the 2013/2014 financial year.

"We are hopeful that the department’s efforts to improve the quality of health care for all South Africans will yield positive results," he said.

  • Kalibanache - 2013-03-03 21:46

    Let me help you all out, You are unable to make a plan that can assure a decent cup of tea, Kill yourselves please!!

  • Imfene Safrica - 2013-03-03 22:07

    Blah, blah, blah.... if you want to eliminate WASTE, get rid of all the incompetent idiots that hold 'token' jobs in your department..!

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-03-04 07:59

      And do something about the 'internal' theft of linen, equipment, etc!!!!!

  • Talana Malherbe - 2013-03-03 22:16

    How about you start with competent properly qualified people who can actually do the jobs.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-03-03 22:18

      Starting with learning how to wash your hands

      francois.smith.7 - 2013-03-04 00:14

      Aparently they are still doing research on Tshabalala Msimang's liver. What a waste or research, a liver, good booze and the life of someone more credible that deserved the new liver. (The research was done on the old one).

  • Miyambo Ghalela - 2013-03-03 22:26


  • Raj Maharaj - 2013-03-03 22:45

    I was at the maternity department at Baragwanath Hospital today and heard of so many complaints from women that went in to deliver their babies. The staff at the maternity section is taking this cost cutting programme to seriously in that they are re-using the disposable towelling which are normally laid on the beds for other patients even though some were already blood stained. They ask mums to sit on benches that are stained with blood by other patients in order to have their blood pressure taken without having them cleaned. There was a patient that was transferred from Southrand Hospital who had to sleep sitting up position the entire night without being allocated a bed until ten o clock this morning. Some of the beds had blood stained sheets and other patients were asked to lie on those same beds for examinations. Patients are not being attended to whilst nurses stand around chatting. When patients ask for help then nurses are very rude to them. So yes mr minister of Health services I must say that its only the tip of the iceberg you focussing on. There is still a lot to be done. Its not the first time that this institute is in the spotlight.

      SharonE - 2013-03-03 23:24

      Cost cutting can't be blamed when soapy water is in question Cost cutting can't be blamed for rudeness to patients Cost cutting can't be blamed for ineffiency and unprofessional behaviour. This used to be a model hospital, famous all over the world. What a crying shame that it has been infected by indifference and lethargy.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-03-04 05:31

      @SharonE: “indifference and lethargy” what a nice way to say that race based policies and the South African way destroyed a world famous institution. Me, I would have said that the Africans f’ed it up.

  • Wike Mood - 2013-03-03 22:57

    reading the headline i thought yaaay,they getting rid of zuma and the cronies.dammit!

  • ANASKA - 2013-03-03 23:05

    WASTE is ZUMA AND ALL IS HIGHLY CORRUPT CRONNIES - they all should be dumped in a pile and shipped to a deserted island where they will NEVER BE FOUND!!

  • David Broadfoot - 2013-03-03 23:53

    When they say all S.A. s is that whites also. ?

  • Vic Hammond - 2013-03-04 01:46

    Try starting with theft. That would account for a lot.

  • Jesus - 2013-03-04 02:15

    Maybe we should pray..

  • Chris - 2013-03-04 05:17

    Prime issue be ' proud ' of your function and be ‘professional’ , arrive on time and start work time , give the extra at all times , cut out long meal and tea breaks , treat others patients , colleagues and service providers as you would treat yourselves .

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2013-03-04 05:33

      I can remember a time when my mom was a nurse. I remember it well and all I can say is, it wasn't like this before.

  • Chris - 2013-03-04 05:18

    Cost cutting does not mean reduced care and efficiency.

  • - 2013-03-04 10:26

    They should start monitoring the clinics where medicine given by the government for the people are being stolen and sold on the street to drug dealers. Anti-retrovirals are mixed with other substances and sold to druggies. And then the poor people who queue from 4am in the morning until heaven knows what time of the day, are turned away "because the stock" has been depleted!!!!

  • Eugene Briel - 2013-03-04 10:49

    Always short of medication, services are pathetic, you wait for up to "Eight Hours for repeat medication" up to "Three Hours for your medical file" and then get told "It has been lost". The Gauteng Health Department and the "National Minister of Health" must go to Local Hospitals as patients and see the treatment they get. NB: They should go as normal citizens.

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