Gauteng Province MEC for Finance Barbara Creecy has allocated R46.4 billion to the department of health.
Creecy says they are concerned about accruals and unpaid invoices with regard to the health budget.
She says this has led to a big increase in the goods and services budget.
The MEC has also allocated R28 million to the Life Esidimeni tragedy that claimed 144 mentally ill patients lives.
We are working on increasing the budget for personnel. We've done a lot of background research into why every year the department overspends on its budget.— Barbara Creecy, GP MEC for finance
They have taken in 25 000 additional health personnel over the last 10 years; those personnel are not adequately funded, so we've also increased the personnel budget so that we don't have a situation where overspending on the personnel budget eats up at the goods and services budget.— Barbara Creecy, GP MEC for finance
Creecy says she is heartened by the Department of Education which is able to pay 85% of its invoices within 30 days. She says of those invoices, three quarters are being paid within 15 days.
I'm very heartened by the progress that our departments have made; I think 15 days is a really good standard.— Barbara Creecy, GP MEC for finance
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