Nearly R15bn for Western Cape health

2012-03-26 22:56

Cape Town - Western Cape health services will receive R14.6bn for the new financial year, provincial MEC Theuns Botha announced on Monday.

About 60% of the budget would be spent on staff in various divisions and 30% on the procurement of goods and services, he said in a speech prepared for delivery in the provincial legislature.

The department's focus would shift in 2012/2013 from treating illnesses to promoting wellness among the 5.9 million people in the province.

Projects were in the pipeline to reduce alcohol-related injuries, chronic disease and family violence.

Community health was allocated a third of the annual budget, with a focus on district hospitals and local health clinics and centres, he said.

The province's central hospitals - Groote Schuur, Tygerberg and the Red Cross Children's Hospital - were allocated another third of the budget.

"[These hospitals] provide highly specialised health care services and a platform for research and training of health workers by the universities," Botha said.

Valkenberg psychiatric hospital would be upgraded and completed by 2016 as a priority project.

"For some years now, normal judicial processes have been seriously delayed because the current Valkenberg Hospital does not have the capacity to assess awaiting-trial persons who have committed crimes as serious as murder," he said.

The R978m project would begin in January 2013 and would increase the hospital's capacity from 340 beds to 432 beds.

Botha said the department was handling the most capital-heavy projects in the province's history, with a total cost exceeding R5bn over a number of years.

Some of the projects were still in the feasibility, design and tender phase.

He said others were in the construction and handover phase, including community day centres in Knysna, Grabouw and Malmesbury.

Hermanus and George Hospitals were being extended and upgraded, and Mitchells Plain was to get a new district hospital.

  • Paul - 2012-03-26 23:26

    Mr. Botha. Throwing money at a problem will not solve the root cause, it will just make friends like those of Julius smile.

      Klaus - 2012-03-26 23:35

      I daunt understand you comment. I'm sure the money spent in the western cape will be monitored by competent people and therefore put to good use. What is the "root cause'.

      Bibi - 2012-03-27 07:38

      The WC has managed to build more modern clinic than anywhere else in the country, they also now have the lowest mother to baby HIV rate in the country.

      Jan - 2012-03-27 10:24

      You lost me here Paul...

  • Mark - 2012-03-27 07:44

    At least the DA is doing something right..well done

  • Djim - 2012-03-27 08:01

    This will surely attract more people/investors to your part of the world. We cannot get investment in our parts because of a lack of infrastructure like hospitals. Well done DA.

  • Phillys - 2012-03-28 15:08

    why do other provinces not update the public with this sort of info? It at least gives an indication of how/where our tax dollars are being spent. Big up to the DA!!!! :)

  • Pule Mothutsi - 2013-04-22 15:31

    "About 60% of the budget would be spent on staff in various divisions and 30% on the procurement of goods and services." The remaining 10% comes to me, i need enough money to pay taxes and e-tolls here in GP?

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