The IFP in Gauteng is keyed up by the positive response made by the Gauteng health department in cutting down the amount of funds owed to service providers from R3.6 billion to R196-million.
This action was unveiled by the newly appointed MEC Hope Papo, who alluded that his department has saved R3.4-billion which could have been paid for unverified services. He further stated that they are sitting with R2900 invoices worth R196-million that are waiting to be cleared.
As the IFP we believe that the new MEC is setting himself equal to the overwhelming challenges that have dominated the health department and made it a great contributor to Gauteng being among the worst provinces with payment backlogs. And should therefore continue in his mission to resuscitate the department and bring it to a stable condition.
IFP in Gauteng welcomes the plan to iron out the issue of broken CAT scans at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital. And we are pleased to recognize that those scans which had been broken for 6 months, ensuing in patients having to wait for many months to receive medical attention have now been fixed and patients are being attended.
We acknowledge the newly adopted sense of urgency shown by the health department in responding to matters such a settling service providers and maintenance of medical tools,” says IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) Bonginkosi Dhlamini.
However we call for sustainability and accountability in this regard among hospitals CEO’s and managers since they have a crucial role in ensuring that we fast track the process of bringing our health system to its former glory,” concludes Bonginkosi Dhlamini.