Dept of Health must improve contract management

By Harold McGluwa, MPL, DA Provincial Chair:

The Democratic Alliance notes that a settlement agreement has been reached today between Bestor CC and the department. It is good that the matter has been finalised, as it has stretched back as far as January 2010. The fact that it has now been resolved should be applauded.

The department must minimise and prevent future claims of this nature by improving its contract management. It must accept full responsibility for the contracts it enters into. If a contract is terminated, for whatever reason, the correct procedures must be followed.

The Democratic Alliance therefore calls on the MEC of Health to ensure that the department of Health improves its contract management, as alluded to in his budget address.