Medical Ass. questions why available millions not used to employ more doctors

The South African Medical Association (Sama) says it was shocked when told that there is R600 million in the Health Department budget that's not being used - despite the sector being in dire need of doctors.

Sama chairperson Dr Mzukisi Grootboom questioned the fact the year has progressed to the second semester and the money hasn't been used.

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I do understand that it was budgeted for CapEx but given the fact that we are crying for the filling of posts it will be very handy if there is a way of diverting that money to employ more doctors to service our people.

Dr Mzukisi Grootboom, Sama chairperson

If you budget for CapEx and it comes to this time in the year, and you haven't used it, what informs that budget in the first place.

Dr Mzukisi Grootboom, Sama chairperson

I really hope they will find a way to channel that that money for the employment of more doctors.

Dr Mzukisi Grootboom, Sama chairperson

Grootboom attributed the reason the health sector is in shambles to lack of accountability of those in charge.

We need to re-look on how we do things even if we address that particular section of the constitution...

Dr Mzukisi Grootboom, Sama chairperson

To hear the rest of the conversation with Dr Mzukisi Grootboom, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Medical Ass. questions why available millions not used to employ more doctors


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