Outside expertise needed to save Gauteng Health Dept

Mike Moriarty MPL

DA Gauteng Finance Spokesperson

The DA in Gauteng calls on Premier Nomvula Mokonyane to bring in outside expertise to save the finances of the provincial Health Department. The provincial government must call in major private health care companies and solicit proposals for a Management Contract.

The DA believes that the radical problems experienced by Gauteng Health finances need radical solutions. The provincial treasury and its employees have no experience of hospital finance or administration.

The services rendered under the Management Contract should include:

* Coordinating the admin across these hospitals;

* Providing the first three layers of Management;

* Managing all other staff and systems for the next five years;

* Identifying individuals to retain to take over in five years’ time; and

* Identifying and rooting out incompetence and corruption.

The successful bidder should be appointed to administer this contract for Gauteng’s four biggest health spenders: Dr George Mukhari, Steve Biko, Charlotte Maxeke and Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospitals.

The provincial government has thrashed about for many years groping for solutions to the problems in the administration of its Health department. The Premier yesterday showed that she finally understands that you can’t give the job of fixing a broken system to the people who broke it.

The Premier must now demonstrate her commitment to this understanding by bringing in the necessary outside expertise to save the Gauteng Health Department and its finances.

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