No equipment in Gauteng hospitals

2012-01-18 23:19

Johannesburg - Medical suppliers cannot afford to buy equipment for Gauteng hospitals because the health department owes them money, the SA Medical Device Industry Association (Samed) said on Wednesday.

"Some suppliers have notified the Gauteng department of health that they will put orders for medical products and services on hold, which will affect health services in Gauteng public hospitals," Samed chief operating officer Tanya Vogt said in a statement.

She said some medical suppliers had received payments from the department, but the outstanding amount had increased from R364.5m in early December to R403.8m by the middle of January.

"We're issuing this statement because there may be confusion in the public's mind as media reports earlier indicated that substantial payments have been made by the department," she said.

"That may be true, but those payments did not go to suppliers of medical devices, but to institutions like the blood service."

She said Samed would meet with the department on January 24 to discuss stock control and the procurement process for equipment.

"Samed believes it has expertise in the management, maintenance and utilisation of equipment, and wants to share it with Gauteng department of health so as to assist in the better use of resources," Vogt said.

"There are good and committed people in these departments, but the lack of planning, adequate forecasting and appropriate budgeting makes it difficult to operate at maximum efficiency."

Last year, The Star newspaper reported that the department owed its suppliers R1.4bn, with some of the debt dating back three years.

In December the department paid the National Health Laboratory Service R51m, the SA National Blood Service R13m and six Gauteng municipalities collectively R160m.

The health department was not immediately available for comment.

  • Mel - 2012-01-18 23:39

    Disgraceful get your act together Pathetic health board.

      Max - 2012-01-19 03:28

      Mel, this situation is not unique to the Department of Health, most of the Government departments are grinding to a halt. Corruption is a large contributing factor but the biggest single factor causing this situation is "transformation" in Government. When last have you heard anything in the media of Government's transformation targets, you will not because they are almost 95% "transformed", well beyond their initial targets.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-19 05:38

      It seems that those who are honest are incapable, while the corrupt also have the skills. Stolen funds are bad enough, but when money is available but people are unable to order, pay accounts, etc. there is no hope for these institutions. This is what comes from placing cadres in positions of power.

      Burtfred - 2012-01-19 07:45

      The ANC are, to use the words of the Italian Coastguard Captain, a bunch of cazzo. Gran' disgraziato, to be me precise.

      Newsmonger - 2012-01-19 09:14

      mamparas!The lot of them!Surprised the owners havent walked in and started shooting yet!

      procold2 - 2012-01-19 09:32

      this is not news as we all know this, disgrace

      Ann - 2012-01-19 15:10

      And so we start another year with a bunch of incompetent departments. Above all - they actually want us to subscribe and probably pay exorbitant fees to National Health. TIME FOR US TO PUT A STOP TO THIS IN THE SAME MANNER AS WHICH WE ARE FIGHTING THE TOLLS!

  • Ronald - 2012-01-18 23:42

    Over and above the suppliers not being paid, equipment is sold out the back door as it is delivered. In 2008 I was at Johannesburg General Hospital doing a survey while expensive hospital beds were being delivered(R5-8000 a shot). As the beds were offloaded from the supplier, a number of them were wheeled to a small truck where a fat wad of money was passed to the loading dock supervisor before the beds were carted off.

      MajorDad - 2012-01-19 06:08

      But, was that published in the papers; by you with pics off a cel or small digital. Produce a video for the unbeliever. The nice part is that you couldn't because you will lose your job, be threatened with your life and that of your family. The mafia couldn't have done better.

  • Tony - 2012-01-18 23:52

    And this is what the what the average ANC supporter is proud of? This is what the Great 100 year old ANC offers us? This issue is not new - no Sir, this has been going on for some time now, with all sorts of payment promises made (and broken)..... But my sheep countrymen will vote these ANC fools back into power for more of this...

      lenandiv - 2012-01-19 11:52

      The only hope will be if the voters start voting for better services, health care etc. etc. and not vote with the past stuck firmly in their minds.When corruption sets in .. the poor get poorer and the fat cats get all the cream. THe ANC should stop celebrating and rather hang it's head in shame. You have failed your people!

  • Cracker - 2012-01-19 00:36

    One hopes the government does not think that those who can still afford it - or even those who can't really - enjoy paying for private medical aid. BUT JUST WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? Address the real issues and get it over with. Must this country go to blazes because of what seems like the weak and incompetent protecting the other weaks and incompetents? The weak will NEVER inherit the earth. They will just bugger it up for themselves and for everybody else and then what?

  • Grant - 2012-01-19 00:45

    I notice that the amount owed is R403.8 million, a little more than the ANC spent on their on their party. ANC voters will have to rely more and more on sangomas.

  • Boer - 2012-01-19 01:19

    Oooohhhhhhhhhh time to visit private hospitals. Once again ANC INCOMPETENCE. Can they the rotton anc do nothing right???????

  • Johan - 2012-01-19 02:49

    Typical ANC incompetence!!!

  • Sechaba - 2012-01-19 02:49

    My question is why is Limpopo departments under administration of the treasurer when Gauteng Health and other departments should have long been put also under administration? These people are just fighting for their political survival at the expense of the people.

      RobertaKeeling - 2012-01-19 07:45

      And to become very rich as soon as possible, after which they will disappear into the sunset, happy, living the good life, and showing their middle fingers to the world!

  • Johan - 2012-01-19 02:55

    Typical ANC incompetence!!!

  • Irene - 2012-01-19 03:46

    All the ANC pondscum are capable of is thieving, lying and corruption. They've completely messed up public health care but still want to mess up private health care as well. What a disgrace. I hope their supporters hang their heads in shame for being so ignorant to keep putting this bunch of clowns in power.

  • Kim - 2012-01-19 05:12

    Pathetic!! To think the ANC wants to introduce the NHI!! Get your priorities right before you spend money on your parties or yourselves for that matter. BIG SIGH

  • Wendy - 2012-01-19 05:26

    The Health Department was not immediately available for comment! that says it all. No one is responsible .. now who can we blame, oh right !! how about apartheid!

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-01-19 05:52

    and yet the bubbly flowed in bloem, remember the French revolution let them eat cake, it is not will it happen but when it will happen i hope the powers that be will get their act together and serve the people

  • ruimteseerower - 2012-01-19 05:56

    there is only one sulotion employ qualified people that know how to do the job,to employ a person just for racial figures have never and will never work,since 94 most of the so called ifirmitive action has not worked,catch a wake up coverment you are playing with real humans lives it is not about figures on paper and trying to look good on television it is by providing ,simple and easy SERVICE, JUST DO YOUR JOB FOR 8 HOURS,how dificult can that be.

  • Silvana - 2012-01-19 06:01

    This is a bloody disgrace. Our government hospitals ranked amongst the top in the world. I feel so sorry for those who cannot afford the luxury of being on medical aid, even though we pay through our nose for that luxury. As far as planning and forecasting their requirments, I tend to agree. Lack of expertise. My GP once told me, that one of the clinics had stock of an antibiotic for urinary tract infection piled up to the roof, but no cough mixture. This in the middle of winter. How can these companies allow a 3 year debt to accrue? Obviously badly run as well.

      Jason Children - 2012-01-19 06:04

      another ANC victory

  • Trevor - 2012-01-19 06:16

    Oh hell this is OLD NEWS...been going on for YEARS...ANC built a HUGE extention to Livingstone Hospital in PE YET, they don't have money to supply the OLD part of Livingstone or Dora, why, cause one department has a budget to build, another to supply. ANC is USELSSS at running SA...when we get shiny new roads...etc...there is not enough budget to maintain nor repair so they fall apart....because why, it's called "decorating" a classical African way of operating....and that which is set aside as no doubt "shared" amoungest the Comrades of the ANC.....VIVA AFRICA VIVA VIVA ANC VIVA! We need to get these idiots out of government!!

  • sadiemy - 2012-01-19 06:47

    The Eastern Cape health dept has had this problem for years. A doctor I know works at Frere. They are lucky if they get antiseptic, gloves, sutures. Yhings like scisors and thermometers walk after an hour. One of the casualty nurses brings her own Dettol for the patients.

  • pws69 - 2012-01-19 06:56

    A friend went to Helen Joseph after a bike accident. They didn't even have panado for him. We got a list from the nurse of what was needed, and bought it ourselves, then booked him out as soon as we could. The people wonder why public hospital nurses have a don't give a damn attitude. You try working in these conditions.

  • Eduard - 2012-01-19 06:58

    and the pain continues.....Every department since JZ took over has gone backwards.... Again, you place buddies (incompetent persons) into positions, then expect the worst, at least then you can’t be disappointed

  • pws69 - 2012-01-19 06:59

    In 2009 the Free State Health department "donated' R30 million to the ANC election campaign. Shortly thereafter it was announced that their ARV program would be halt for the rest of the year because they were R30 million short of funds. Yes ANC voters, THAT is how much the ANC piggies care about you. Unfortunately your poor voting choices are also screwing up my life. For that I will not forgive you.

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-19 07:01

    A better life for all. Ain't life just wonderful. New luxury cars. Executive jets for those shopping trips to Dubai. Constant holidays abroad. Beautiful, luxurious offices. Nights in white satin at luxury hotels. Parties, shindigs,red carpet events. Lawyers,bodyguards,blue lights. And all that power. Finally our people are FREE, thanks to the ANC. All public officials should be forced to use public health care, public education and public security. Ideally the ANC should repay all the stolen money and then scamper off to some other dark planet. Parasites.

  • The-third - 2012-01-19 07:02

    and we've just blown 20 billion on air... love the LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY with our tax money. I tell you this South Africa. Make me president for a year. We will audit everything, everyone, and jail the last living soul who stole a CENT from the public. Bloody hell. IT'S OUR MONEY, FFS.

      StarStruck - 2012-01-19 08:29

      That is why there is at least a 15year sentence for corruption charges, it is considered to be a serious offence by any standard. The biggest problem we as South Africans face is incompetence in state organs, this alone will sink all of us.

  • malcolm - 2012-01-19 07:09

    Perhaps they have serious cash flow problems. Perhaps there are no funds. Maybe the ANC are finally running out of money in the bottomless pit they have been trying to suck dry for almost the last 2 deckades.

  • Julie - 2012-01-19 07:16

    And the ANC have a pi$$ up...............

  • Ian - 2012-01-19 07:16

    First thing I pay every month - MEDICAL AID and this rubbish government wants to stuff up private health care too, GO TO HELL ANC

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-01-19 07:31

    what a filthy shame. *angry disgust* there are people to blame for this!!!

  • kardollie - 2012-01-19 08:01

    thank the lord for private hospitals,state hossies she stinks.

  • David - 2012-01-19 08:01

    I suppose all the money meant to to pay suppliers was spend on centenary celebrations. It appears our leaders expended all their energies and resources on the centenary. Everywhere you go, eve n when you tune on various SABC radio stations, is all about centenary. Partying is all that the ANC government is about as they dismally fail our people. Despite racist ranting by most correspondents here, however, they have a point that we need change for the sake of our country. But as for returning to a racist white government - NO. We will continue to sample with organisation s which hold our people's aspirations and have track record of struggle for liberation.

      StarStruck - 2012-01-19 08:38

      I agree with you David. What I really do not understand about R400mil in debt with suppliers is that a solution could not have been found. Are they no going to tell us that they did not have emergency meetings regarding this disaster or where they distracted by other things when the meetings tooks place. They are ap the top of their game and that game is called = f@cktupt everything = Well done to all the ANC voters you deserve all of this.

      Warwick - 2012-01-19 13:17

      And you will continue to suffer while your so called leaders get fatter by the day. ha ha ha. Why is it if whites rant about the obvious they are labled racist. Is that the only argument your small mind can use.

  • Ina - 2012-01-19 08:13

    The ANC government cannot pay their essential debts, and now JZ wants to buy a warship!!! Imagine how many suppliers of essential health requisites can be paid with that sort of money, and then some left over for education and housing!

  • Russell - 2012-01-19 08:22

    Nkosi sickaleli Avriga.........

  • DieSeL - 2012-01-19 08:48

    They need equipment? there is LOADS of working equipment just left to rot at the old Kempton park hospital that was closed years ago. apparently this place is being used for storage of excess equipment...

  • alanaR.rodriguez - 2012-01-19 08:53

    If you work for government, USE THEIR facilities.... government officials should be forced to use public health care, public education and public security.... not private facilities, no blue lights, no jet planes... use what YOUR people use... use what YOU provide...

      StarStruck - 2012-01-19 09:07

      This is noble request but it will fall on deaf ears. Our main concern would be to vote them out of office although I doubt that they will leave quietly seeing as they will do anything to protect their corrupt investments.

      Hendrik - 2012-01-19 13:55

      Love your suggestion. How lekker would it be if they took you up on the offer. Then we'll see a very quick about turn..... Oh well we can dream can't we?

  • Jennifer - 2012-01-19 08:57

    Elvis would do a better job! this lot are taking everything~! At least when he left, there was still a building, Uhuhuuhu Thang you very muhch

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-01-19 09:08

    And the government has a party!?

  • terri.durand1 - 2012-01-19 09:18

    Its ok - Lets all carry on voting for the ANC!!! They have promised free medical cover, free housing, job employment for the last 10 + years ...... Let's wait and see - im sure they'll gets what promised sometime before they actually die!

  • Boris - 2012-01-19 09:23

    i notice that there is not a single thumbs down on any comments here, seems like the anc supporters are either in agreement or not at work yet....

  • Michael - 2012-01-19 09:54

    So what's new? - this is S.A. after all and the blacks are in power - they are going the same route as their brothers to the North!

  • craig.naude - 2012-01-19 09:58

    But yet Zumu can have a 2nd jet shadowing his on a trip to the US, DISGRACEFUL !!!

  • Sharon - 2012-01-19 11:23

    They too busy having parties and flying around the world using 2 planes ( 1 to carry JZ the other incase his plane devolopes problems) LOL........dont u know there is no money for anything that is needed in this country

  • Warwick - 2012-01-19 13:11

    R400 million spent on a party while those that voted this backward lot into power have to suffer for their actions. Oh well, I suppose going to a sangoma as is the cultural practice and tradition is a lot cheaper. Why use evil western medicine. Let the coloniser go to their evil western educated doctors.

  • Rob - 2012-01-19 14:54

    Stories and information such as this needs to be shared into the communities that support ANC. Show them to your domestic worker(s) Or something Any other suggestions?

  • David - 2012-01-19 14:54

    @Warwick. I am not ANC and wilkl never be. However, you can scream how loud you like, ANC is a ruling party. Its president is also the State President - whether you like him or not, we all have to embrace him as our president unless your allegiances are elsewhere. His cabinet is composed of ANC members and all carry out the man date of the party and all are our legislators. Irrespective of whether you like it or not they are our leaders and to unseat them your party will have to garner enough support. I therefore advise you and all those who share the same sentiment, roll up your sleeves and organise more membership lest you you are armchair critics.

  • Patsy - 2012-01-30 09:39

    Plenty of money for three planes. Plenty of money for God knows how many wives plus their children. Plenty of money for flash cars and more than one mansion..... Plenty of money for numerous security personnel.. It doesn't end. BUT not enough money for hospitals their needs and their patients. And not enough brains to employ people who can actually do a decent job instead of jobs for friends and relations. Absolutely unreal and disgusting!

  • Visko - 2012-07-28 00:04


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