Auditor General diagnoses Mpumalanga Health Department as terminal

By Jane Sithole, MPL, Spokesperson on Health:

With irregular expenditure reaching close to R2 billion, it is no wonder the Mpumalanga Department of Health has been diagnosed as terminal.

In the annual report for the 2014/15 financial year, the Auditor General (AG) indicated that Health MEC, Gillion Mashego’s department has regressed even further and obtained yet another qualified opinion.

The Department of Health was already in a critical condition before it was placed under curatorship last year but under the leadership of MEC Mashego, it has made a turn for the worse. And even after the curatorship was lifted late last year, the Health Department didn’t get any better.

The AG’s report shows that the department of Health is facing serious challenges which include;

  • Irregular expenditure that have skyrocketed to R1.9 billion;
  • Claims against the department have increased to R1.4 billion;
  • Unauthorized expenditure stands at R10 million;
  • Accruals that carry a bill of R357 million;
  • Fruitless and wasteful expenditure which comes in at R3.6 million

Click here to view report.

The DA firmly believes that the department’s curatorship should never have been lifted and as such, calls on the province’s executive to reinstate the curatorship until such time that the Health Department makes meaningful progress.

The department’s inability to manage its finances negatively affects the 88% of Mpumalanga citizens who use the public health facilities on a daily basis. MEC Mashego must put his shoulder to the wheel and ensure that his department recovers so that the people of Mpumalanga can access decent healthcare.