Administrator to help solve health crisis

Nomvula Mokonyane. Photo: Sibusiso Msibi
Nomvula Mokonyane. Photo: Sibusiso Msibi

AN ADMINISTRATOR will be appointed before the end of the month to help solve the Gauteng health department's financial problems.

Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane yesterday insisted that the appointment does not mean that the department has been placed under administration.

She said the department has had problems with paying suppliers and a shortage of staff.

Mokonyane, MEC for health Hope Papo and finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe held a press briefing to announce a radical turnaround plan to improve health services in the province. The plan's focus will be on logistics, hospital management, human resources, financial management and communications.

"A key focus area is on electro-mechanical equipment including lifts, generators and chillers. We have made considerable progress in this regard since last year, including the replacement of 31 lifts, seven boilers, 10 standby generators and 30 chillers. New laundry equipment was supplied for the Dunswart laundry and Masakhane laundry at the end of November," Mokonyane said.

Supply chain management staff will be vetted and a health economist has been appointed to ensure value for money. Mokonyane did not say how much this would cost, but the plan will run until 2014.