Premier Makhura fails to keep pledge on Lifestyle Audits

by Jack Bloom MPL – DA Member of the Oversight Committee on the Premier’s Office Gauteng Premier David Makhura has walked back his commitment to subject himself and his MECs to lifestyle audits this year. In a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature he says: “President Cyril…

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Esidimeni officials still free to Practice

by Jack Bloom MPL – DA Gauteng Shadow Health MEC I am appalled that the SA Nursing Council and the SA Health Professions Council have made little progress in removing the right to practice of those implicated in the Life Esidimeni tragedy. According to Fezile Sifunda of the HPC, Dr…

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Pipe burst floods Hillbrow clinic

by Jack Bloom MPL – DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health A huge pipe burst last night has flooded the Hillbrow Community Health Centre, disrupting treatment of patients and destroying medicine worth millions of Rands. I visited the clinic this morning and found frustrated staff and patients many of whom…

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Inadequate budget for Esidimeni payouts

by Jack Bloom MPL – DA Gauteng Shadow Health MEC Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy has set aside R118 million in the Adjustment budget for the relatives of those who suffered in the Life Esidimeni tragedy, but this is inadequate to pay out all the claimants. According to the Premier’s…

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