DA debates Gauteng 2014/15 health Annual Report

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today by the DA’s Jack Bloom MPL and Neil Campbell MPL during a debate on the Gauteng Health Department.

Speech by
Jack Bloom MPL

“Gauteng health department on the verge of sinking”

  • In the period covered by this Annual Report, only 86 out of 160 targets were met, which is 54%.
  • Steve Biko Hospital is the only hospital in Gauteng that is assessed as being compliant with the non-negotiable extreme measures to prevent unnecessary harm or death.
  • R157 million was spent last year on settling court actions for medical negligence, and the figure this year is likely to be higher still.
  • Medico-legal claims rose by R3.5 billion from R6.6 billion to R10.1 billion.
  • We have enrolled more than one million people on anti-retroviral therapy in the last ten years, but only 700 000 are currently still on treatment.

The full speech can be obtained here.


Speech by

Neil Campbell MPL

“Departmental targets mean nothing if there is no delivery”

  • The AG is concerned by the many Departmental late payments to suppliers amounting to over a billion Rand.
  • Of the 160 set targets in the Annual Performance Plan, only 55% were achieved.  However, no monetary savings were noted so we overpaid for what was attained.
  • The ongoing problems associated with Community Healthcare Workers including non-payment of stipends, provision of infection control measures and career pathing must be addressed.
  • On numerous occasions the DA have called for a reliable computer system for the Department which must deal with patient informatics and be a reliable financial tool.

The full speech can be obtained here.