R1.23 billion injection hopes to assist Gauteng Health Department out of ICU

The Gauteng Department of Health is to receive R 1.23 billion from the provincial government, to try and address the financial pressures of the department.

This was revealed on Thursday by Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy, who delivered the province's mid-term budget policy statement.

Creecy also said that the provincial departments of education‚ infrastructure development‚ transport and e-governance would also receive more funding.

This means that the total budget of the Provincial Government has been adjusted from R 108 billion to R 112 billion rand for the current financial year.

Stephen Grootes spoke to Creecy about how this budget adjustment will assist interventions in the health department.

The purpose of the money is to ease pressure on goods and services and also personnel. We are also giving almost R 500 million for hospital revitalisation.

Barbara Creecy, Gauteng Finance MEC

Part of what we are doing is to put all the invoices on the table, we just paid 1 721 small suppliers over R 400 million. We are now working on the 57 big suppliers which include the National Health Laboratory Services

Barbara Creecy, Gauteng Finance MEC

Things are difficult there, but what is important is that all hospitals, superintendents and health managers and practitioners need to join hands with us.

Barbara Creecy, Gauteng Finance MEC

Creecy says the intervention plan does not focus solely on finances, and that the issue in the Health Department boils down to management.

Speaking on the general state of the province's economy, she says there is concern over the manufacturing sector.

We doing quite a lot in that regard to try and reboot our manufacturing sector.

Barbara Creecy, Gauteng Finance MEC

In 2015 we had a economic development plan where we've identified eleven priority sectors. We are setting up these things we call action labs, partnerships to look at attracting investment and opening up markets in Africa, and also important things around skills and youth employment.

Barbara Creecy, Gauteng Finance MEC

Click on the link below to listen to learn more about the mid-term budget....


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