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By Ntwaagae Seleka | Feb 10, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 28 ]

THE country's biggest hospital, Chris Hani-Baragwanath Academic, is infested with ghost doctors who are costing the province millions of rands in salaries and overtime claims.

This was revealed yesterday by MEC for health and social development, Ntombi Mekgwe.

Mekgwe said the department was investigating allegations that ghost doctors were claiming salaries and overtime pay from the hospital.

The hospital has 780 doctors on its payroll, but there are complaints from registrars that these doctors were not properly supervised.

Mekgwe said her department was in the process of verifying the list of doctors employed at the hospital.

"It is a problem. Supervisors meant to supervise registrars are not at work but later claim 100% salaries from us. So far nine doctors have been suspended," she said.

Mekgwe, who admitted that her department was in a financial crisis, also revealed that it currently owed the National Health Laboratory Service about R600-million.

"Since April 2011 we have paid NHLS R920-million, but there is a dispute about what we owe them because there are queries about some of their invoices. They are using some of our buildings and water and electricity," she said.

"We are in talks with them to resolve the matter. They are aware of the ghost workers."

She said some invoices were duplicated.

Mekgwe also said her department was owed a combined R1.4-billion by Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga, the departments of correctional services, justice, labour, medical aids, private patients, the Road Accident Fund and SA Police Service for services, including the transfer of patients to various health facilities.

Mekgwe said they had written to the department of finance for assistance to help recoup the money.

"We also acknowledge the shortage of nurses. We have 20 trained theatre nurses and have an additional five from the defence force. We are going to change our recruitment strategies," she said.

Mekgwe promised that service providers owed money by her department would be paid in March and June.

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What a disgrace i know about ghost teachers now this we need to wake up as people of this country, we are really going down.

Feb 10, 2012 8:13 | 0 replies

INSTEAD OF SUSPENDING USELESS MINISTERS AND MEC THEY ARE SUSPEDING THOSE WHO PROTECT AND SAFE LIFES

Feb 10, 2012 10:56 | 0 replies

Even Doctors are corrupt lol yah neh lol

Feb 10, 2012 11:25 | 0 replies

The management of this country as a whole is a joke...

Feb 10, 2012 11:56 | 0 replies

SOUTH AFRICA IS RIDDLED WITH FRAUD AND CORRUPTION . CAN ANYBODY THINK OF A SINGLE ENTITY THAT IS ANC STATE CONTROLLED WHERE PEOPLE WITH CRIMINAL MINDS ARE NOT OPERATING ?. DO WE HAVE CRIMINALS IN GOVERNMENT , PROVINCIAL COUNCILS AND CITY COUNCIL ? I BELIEVE WE ARE ONLY SEEING THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG IN THE RSA.
THE BULK OF PEOPLE IN MANAGERIAL POSITION DO NOT HAVE THE QUALIFICATION OR EXPERIENCE TO MANAGEMENT . A LOT OF THESE SO CALLED MANAGERS HAVE THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS .THEIR JOBS INITIALLY DO NOT REQUIRE EXPERIENCE ETC......THEY ARE LIKE STREET SWEEPERS ....THEY PICK IT UP AS THEY GO ALONG !....Q.E.D.

Feb 10, 2012 12:26 | 0 replies

DID YOU VOTE FOR THIS ANC GOVERNMENT.....DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY , FORTY YEARS FROM NOW THE CHINESE WILL GOVERN AND THE DEATH PENALTY WILL WIPE OUT THE CRIMINALS .

Feb 10, 2012 12:34 | 0 replies

@JO22112

THE BULK OF PEOPLE IN MANAGERIAL POSITION DO NOT HAVE THE QUALIFICATION OR EXPERIENCE TO MANAGEMENT . A LOT OF THESE SO CALLED MANAGERS HAVE THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS .THEIR JOBS INITIALLY DO NOT REQUIRE EXPERIENCE ETC......THEY ARE LIKE STREET SWEEPERS ....THEY PICK IT UP AS THEY GO ALONG !....Q.E.D.
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That is so true. The scary thing is, there seems to be no end in sight.

Feb 10, 2012 2:11 | 0 replies

What a disgrace - then there is no money available to pay service providers and patients are the ones suffering - disgusting.

Can these criminals be brought to justice? Doubt it - all corrupt to the core. All in cohoots when dividing the loot.

The anc and their officials are an embarressement for the whole country.

What did the apartheid government buy in 1950 for R500,000,000 (five hundred million - in todays terms) for the exclusive use by blacks?

TIP: Abbreviation CHBH

Yes you've guessed it: Baragwanath Hospital - at the time the flagship of hospitals in the southern hemisphere. Today a cesspit of filth and corruption.

Feb 11, 2012 2:24 | 0 replies

I think the government must start doing a seriouse reseach,otherwise this hospital it will fall under history.
The next coming generation will go ther to see the building where SA's biggest Hospital were sittuated.

Feb 11, 2012 6:30 | 0 replies

We Africans seem to have problem with integrity and ethics - how did our parents raise us ? Why so much corruption after we fought so hard to take over South Africa after Apartheid ? The government can not keep up with all the investigations into corruption. We are looking very stupid. What should we do ?

Feb 13, 2012 6:52 | 0 replies

All those immigrants who left South Africa because they were concerned about the future.......I wonder if they had a point ? (there are so many examples of chaos in our country today)

I was hoping our people can use democracy to "v"ote for order and justice. Yet we prefer to use the wrong "V" - violence. We prefer to take to the streets and plunder - ithis happens in the rest of Africa and I don't see Violence improving those people's quality of life ? We should learn from others mistakes - it's much better.

Feb 13, 2012 7:0 | 0 replies