Gauteng health to get boost - premier

2012-12-10 22:17

Johannesburg - The Gauteng health department will receive a boost to ensure that the health system is improved, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Monday.

"The Gauteng provincial treasury would come into the department and work together... in an effort to put in place systems that would build the capacity for efficient, effective, and transparent financial management," she said in Johannesburg.

This would strengthen the department's turnaround strategy. It was introduced by the executive council earlier this year to address weaknesses in the public health system.

An administrator, comprising of a body of experts, would be appointed to the department before the end of the year to focus on logistics, hospital management, human resources, financial management, and communication.

The department's budget had not been managed adequately or appropriately.

Mokonyane said a health processing centre would be established to ensure service providers were paid, and to minimise fraud.

"This is done to avoid situations where a municipality is not paid for a service provided."

Mokonyane was joined by Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo and Finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe.

Nkomfe said the added capacity would help with the "thin presence" in the department.

"This is not an overall take-over of the department. What we are doing is to strengthen the financial side of the department."

Nkomfe said funds were available for this.

"We have the money," he said.

Papo added that it was capacity his department needed.

  • Stefan Erasmus - 2012-12-10 22:40

    Ask carte blanche to help you....if the money is still there????

      shaun.miekle - 2012-12-11 06:04

      What boost? What it needs I'd s new government

      makenawn - 2012-12-11 08:22

      A plan about the plan, the plan will be implemented about the plan and the plan is still been planned, how to implemented the planned, the planned need to be planned. oh!!!! sorry where is the the planeed plan ja swaar!!!

      werner.nel.984786 - 2012-12-11 11:29

      We have enough f#cking policies and systems in place already! Time to implement them!

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-12-11 02:37

    At some stage we need to swallow our pride and go to the madam in the Western Cape to ask her how is she gettin it righth? Insead of wasting money on useless turn around strategies!

      JohannDuToit - 2012-12-11 09:32

      All the DA needs, is to be given a chance, and the countries eyes will open and see that they benefit from the Billions saved from ANC pockets.. I cant speak to much from personal experience in the state hospitals in the WC, but ive been to Tygerberg for dental work a few times, and have family thats received cancer treatment at tygerberg. Those guys are really professional at what they do, take the patients serious, black or white, pink or brown. The place is always clean and the staff/doctors professional given the amount of work they get flooded with..

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-12-11 05:36

    Nice Phumi, maybe they will establish another commission, employ more fools at a great cost and then contract to a private company because they can't do the job they were employed to do. Another failure by a nepotist Government..

  • thaluki.malema - 2012-12-11 05:56

    It is about time some form of improvement is implimented. We(current government) inherited fully functional, world class hospitals with competent staff and infrastutures. They are now run down and mismanaged germstations. What a letdown the ANC is.

      vicki.malatse - 2012-12-11 06:51

      Those fully functioning world class hospitals were accessible to minority of the population,so I wouldn't called them fully functioning as majority of our people were denied access to them,and so jsh they were functioning to who?

      jaun.lombard.9 - 2012-12-11 07:11

      @vicki - That is why the biggest hospital in the world was built in a rural area? And your comment doesn't say anything...If a 100 bed hospital was functioning good for 100 people, then the 100 bed hospital should still function well regardless of race?

      vicki.malatse - 2012-12-11 08:05

      I know what I'm talking about cause that 100 beds hospital in now accomodating 500 beds with same resources supplies and staffing.In SA its unlawful to turn patients away because the hospital beds are full,ever heard of patients sleeping on the floor and newborns put in cardboxes cause there are no cribs.Sadly this is the situation health workers are faced with daily,and our population is growing at an alarming rate and thus put a lot of pressure on the health resources available.I don't agree with Nomvula though on the issue of a health service centre,I think budget and procument issues must be decentralised,gauteng must get competent people to operate finances from institutions rather than some administrator in the central office

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-11 09:22

      malatse, why accommodate 500 people in a 100 bed hospital in the first place? The answer is that the money that should have been used to build more hospital was and is still being stolen by your leaders

  • mshiniboys - 2012-12-11 08:27

    Turn around strategy from demolishing houses..I wont applaud you till Im sure I will not be disappointed.

  • ian.d.samson - 2012-12-11 12:59

    Has Gauteng Health Department paid the R200million+ to its creditors for services at C-Max yet? Is GSSC actually "working"?

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