Debt and patronage lay waste Gauteng’s health budget

Gauteng Health’s R40bn health budget is insufficient and the department cannot carry out the tasks it is required to do because of its sizeable debt and questionable contracts.

Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa says that the budget of the province’s health department grew from R37.6bn in 2016 to R40.2bn in 2017. It is the department with the second-largest allocation in the province’s total budget, reports  Business Day.

The budget of the province’s health department grew from R37.6bn in 2016 to R40.2bn in 2017. It is the department with the second-largest allocation in the province’s total budget.

At the province’s Health Consultative Forum, Ramokgopa is quoted as saying the challenges that plagued the public health system included high equipment prices, poor-quality services and inadequate human resources. Of the total budget, R23.8bn was earmarked for compensation of employees and R16.3bn for goods and services, while an estimated R6bn was allocated to accruals, she said. ….more

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