Gauteng Health Department owes NHLS R1.3 billion

As outrage continues to mount around former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and revelations over the weekend that she is in fact not a student at the London School of Economics, it has now emerged that may not be a registered student nor writing exams at all.

Afternoon Drive anchor, Bongani Bingwa says if the arbitration chair, former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke were, in fact, to award the affected families some financial compensation, they might never get a cent because the Gauteng Department is broke.

Professor Eric Buch, chairperson at the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) says at the moment his organisation is owed R3.6 billion by all provinces of which R1.3 billion is Gauteng's debt.

The key problem for us is that we are struggling to keep up with salary bill and paying out creditor who supply equipment. At the moment we owe our creditors R750 million and we need to improve our income or settle our debt in order to clear our creditors and also to invest in new equipment as well as improve our IT structure.

Professor Eric Buch, chairperson at the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS)

They need to pay us in full. We need at least R800 million of the accrued debt to be paid so we can pay our creditors.

Professor Eric Buch, chairperson at the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS)

Buch explains that if they are not paid they may not be able to provide services fully.

Thokozani Paul Biyase, Manager: Agency Services & Marketing, Nurse Mate Agency says they are an excess of R4 million by the department.

Biyase goes on to say he has had to suspend his services because he hasn't been paid.

Listen to the full interview in the clip below:


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