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ANC plan to grab control of top state hospitals

By BDLive | Dec 28, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 27 ]

The hospitals earmarked for national administration include some of the best-run in the country

THE national Department of Health intends taking over South Africa’s 10 biggest hospitals — including the world-renowned Groote Schuur in Cape Town — as some provincial governments lack capacity to manage them, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

The funding and administration of hospitals is a provincial responsibility, but in some provinces — including Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Limpopo — the public health system has virtually collapsed and hospitals struggle to provide basic levels of care.

Dr Motsoaledi said that 10 hospitals earmarked for administration by his department were "national assets" that had suffered under provincial governments.

Most of them were teaching hospitals, but the training of young doctors was "jeopardised" whenever a provincial health department faced collapse.

"If the province collapses — like the Eastern Cape is about to — these hospitals suffer," he said.

However, the hospitals earmarked for national administration include some of the best-run in the country, particularly Groote Schuur Hospital and Tygerberg Hospital in the Western Cape.

Gauteng has four hospitals earmarked for national administration: Steve Biko, George Mukhari, Charlotte Maxeke and Chris Hani Baragwanath.

Universitas Hospital in the Free State, Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal’s King Edward VIII Hospital and Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital will also be run from Pretoria.

The decision to remove responsibility from provincial governments was taken at the African National Congress (ANC) conference in Mangaung earlier this month.

Democratic Alliance health spokeswoman Patricia Kopane said that Dr Motsoaledi should "leave alone things that are not broken".

She said she was shocked at the intention to include Groote Schuur Hospital and Tygerberg Hospital, as there was "no crisis in the Western Cape".

It was the only province that had obtained a clean audit for the past three years, which showed that it was capable of running an administration "very well", Ms Kopane said.

"I think the minister is just playing politics — he must focus on where the ANC governs because that’s where the problems are."

The Gauteng health department was plagued by power failures and neglect to pay suppliers, while a lack of service delivery in the Eastern Cape and a lack of doctors and equipment in Limpopo meant those provinces faced "serious problems" that required them to be placed under national administration, Kopane said.

Source: BDLive

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COMMENTS [ 27 ]

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Hostile takeover?

Dec 28, 2012 11:8 | 0 replies

@22112JO - Well said.

ANC stay out of the Western Cape - its running just fine - Go fix the mess you have made in the rest of the country with you corruption and tribal ways

Dec 28, 2012 6:5 | 0 replies

@mmss200 - Praat kak !! M0ron

Dec 28, 2012 6:6 | 0 replies

People

Remember, the cadres make up a huge bulging layer of "managers" in all government departments, because they lack actual technical competence. That is why you will keep on hearing politics from these departments, even when you would like to be hearing substance and solutions. I am telling you there is not enough competence in these departments, and blaks feel very threatened if you question their competence. It becomes a racial issue immediately.

Dec 29, 2012 6:51 | 0 replies

mmss200 - "they are not DA assets as that guy is saying that ANC should look only at its provinces it is governing"


The hospitals are not ANC assets dude. They are South African assets. They dont belong to any political party. The hospitals in the WCape are running better than ANY OTHER province.


If we go according to your logic, then the DA should be administering the hospitals in all the other provinces.

Dec 29, 2012 7:48 | 0 replies

mmss200

You sound just like the bulge bracket manager cadre I was talking about.
Quick to respond on who should govern what, but no technical competence on how to solve an actual problem, like our failing hospitals everywhere outside of the Western Cape.

Dec 29, 2012 7:53 | 0 replies

Funny how Addington, which can't even supply sheets to the wards that are currently open (and about half of the wards in the hospital are not being used due to lack of staff and funds) is not on the list for KZN. It's a disgrace. We even had a bunch of hotels club together and offering old sheets for use - and the hospital didn't know what to do with them so rejected the offer. Well run? Or not run at all ...

Dec 29, 2012 5:56 | 0 replies

mmss200
...really....I picture you with your right hand raised in a fist, with an ANC yellow t-shirt and a black beret toyi-toying and shouting/singing for something you have absolutely no f..ing idea!!!!!.......Just like the ANC 'cadre/aministreytors' of all hospitals.

Minstrel Motsoaledi cannot control the corruption in his own department, and wants to take over the hospitals and clinics...HA HA HA HA HA HA........

Dec 29, 2012 6:50 | 0 replies

You must understand that ANC is not the same as the government, its therefore crass to put a headline that insinuate so.

Dec 31, 2012 9:37 | 0 replies

Most state hospitals have a staff shortage,but because they can't be filled with blacks they are left open. There are many qualified whites who can solve a lot of management problems in hospitals,but it's a case of reversed apartheid ANC style!! You cannot manage anything successfully without qualifications and the right education!!

Dec 31, 2012 9:41 | 0 replies

Lot of people made money from the collapse of these hospitals, are they going to jail?

Jan 09, 2013 1:14 | 0 replies