Jane Sithole MPL
Spokesperson for Department of Health
Mpumalanga department of health is plagued by high absenteeism, losing 90 135 days’ work as a result of sick leave. This is revealed in the Department’s annual report 2013/2014.
On top of that a whopping 1093 employees left the department of health with a staggering 5025 positions being vacant during the same year.
Taking these facts into consideration, the people of Mpumalanga must brace themselves for a decline in the health system before the Mpumalanga department of health gets out of ICU.
The department was placed under curatorship in July 2014 as a result of seven long years of decline in health services in Mpumalanga.
High absenteeism puts tremendous strain on other workers. People in need of medical assistance stand in long queues and often go home without being attended to as a direct result of staff shortages in our health facilities across the province. The department must put measures in place in order to curb this kind of behaviour before it escalates.
The DA calls on MEC for Health, Hon. Mashego to get tough and exercise strong leadership, especially on unexplained absence. Management in the department of health must exercise effective discipline to ensure employees are at work. The proper management of leave, especially sick leave is of utmost importance.
It is the DA’s duty to conduct oversight on the departments’ performance and spending, to ensure that public funds are spent as intended. However, paying people that are often not at work is paralysing the department. The DA will submit questions to the MEC to reveal the financial implications of absenteeism on the finances of the department.