Gauteng Health owes R3.7 billion to 1576 suppliers

The Gauteng Health Department owes R3.7 billion to 1576 suppliers who have not been paid for more than 90 days. This distressing information was revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa in an oral reply to my questions yesterday at a sitting of the Gauteng Legislature. She also said that…

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Extra pressure on Gauteng Health after court judgement

The Gauteng Health Department faces extra financial pressure after the Constitutional Court ruled against its bid to pay off a multimillion-rand medical negligence claim over time, rather than pay it in one lump sum. The case concerned a R23.3 million payment to a boy who is now seven years old…

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Spare beds at Sizwe TB Hospital

The Sizwe Tuberculosis Hospital in Sandringham, Johannesburg is currently underutilized with only 100 out of 260 beds occupied, but the extra capacity will be important if there is an upsurge in multi-drug resistant TB. I visited this specialist TB hospital yesterday after receiving photos and a video of disruptive activities…

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Gauteng Health fails to pay suppliers on time

According to a reply from the Gauteng Provincial Treasury to a question asked by the Democratic Alliance, the Gauteng Department of Health takes, on average, 66 days to pay suppliers for work done. In monetary terms, this translates into R 4,3 billion in unpaid invoices and losses to companies. Despite…

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