KZN Health spending R3 million annually on Eastern Cape patients

Mark Steele, MPP

DA KZN Alternate Spokesperson on Health

The Democratic Alliance reveals that the KwaZulu-Natal health department spent more than R3 million during the 2012/13 financial year on servicing the needs of 27 052 Eastern Cape patients at clinics in the Ugu District of KZN.

The figures are the result of parliamentary questions submitted to KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo and reveal that R3 056 477 was spent.

Patients are clearly voting with their feet in selecting medical services in KwaZulu-Natal and our province’s health department must continue to provide whatever services it can to residents for whom clinics of Ugu are closer to where they live.

However, KwaZulu-Natal cannot provide an unsubsidised health service to residents of the Eastern Cape totalling millions without some form of compensation.

While the DA welcomes the department’s commitment to engaging with the Eastern Cape, we find it disturbing that despite this issue having been around for years it has never been addressed.

The DA will follow up in this regard through the provincial health portfolio committee.

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