Jack Bloom MPL
DA Gauteng Health Spokesman
The Tembisa Hospital has paid millions of Rands to a mystery company without any contract for the past five years for repair and maintenance of equipment. This is revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature.
According to Papo, Namapitsi entered into a “maintenance service level agreement” with the hospital to repair and maintain certain medical equipment. The hospital did not seek any alternative prices and there was no formal contract. This is clearly irregular, and we probably overpaid grossly for the services of this company about which little is known.
As a result of my questions, MEC Papo has instructed the Acting Head of Department to “immediately consider terminating the services offered by Namapitsi”. Head Office will temporarily take over Supply Chain Management processes at the hospital and there will be an investigation into how Namapitsi got appointed. I am pleased with the decisive action taken by Papo in this matter. I hope that he will also act against many other mystery companies that have cosy relationships with hospitals that needlessly push up costs.
Proper procedures need to be followed to ensure value for money service by all hospital contractors.