Gauteng moving in right direction - Samed

2013-03-11 21:30

Johannesburg - Gauteng was acting to pay outstanding debts to suppliers, but problems still existed, the SA Medical Device Industry Association (Samed) said on Monday.

"About half of the amount outstanding to medical technology suppliers in October of last year has now been paid, but that still leaves millions outstanding," the association said in a statement.

Chief operating officer Tanya Vogt disputed a statement by Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo that his department had paid 99% of the debt owed to suppliers.

"In October Samed members were owed R310m. That is now down to just over R156m."

The worrying aspect was the MEC probably did not know that this huge amount was outstanding due to dysfunctional hospitals not processing billings.

"The non-profit organisation Section 27 found widespread and serious problems in the Gauteng health system.

"Our members can corroborate what they found," Vogt said.

"The MEC has not denied this, but pointed out that serious work is underway to improve the system."

The association had noted his approach with approval, as Papo sought to eradicate short-comings rather than denying problems existed. The problems however did not just extend to lack of medical staff, supplies, medicine access, and maintenance of equipment and infrastructure.

Vogt said another real concern was weak administrative capacity, which had knock-on effects, such as late ordering of all forms of supplies and poor handling of billing.

With efforts being made at a provincial and national level to improve the situation, role players including Samed welcomed the introduction of stricter controls.

"Better management is really what the health system needs. This is now being addressed and Samed will be happy to help wherever the health department thinks we can assist," said Vogt.

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-03-12 07:15

    Amen!! When do we as a country start looking towards the future? When are we finally going to knuckle down, and get on with things? Yes what happened in the past happened, no doubt that that was wrong, but when do we move beyond that? When do we finally say "we shall remember the past, learn from it, and insure that it never happens again, but from now on, we will be focusing on the future"? When that day comes, SA will return to its true potential and greatness.

  • Francois Conradie - 2013-03-12 07:30

    "In October Samed members were owed R310m. That is now down to just over R156m." Damn, corruption pays well!

  • LesleyDGreyling - 2013-03-12 09:03

    yeah but why do the debts exist? where did the money allocated for these things go? And what is the city doing about acid drainage and rat and lice infestations?~!

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