30 January 2013

South Africa: Gauteng's Health Turnaround Strategy Improves Provincial Healthcare

Pretoria — As part of the implementation of the Gauteng Health Department's Turnaround Strategy, which aims to improve healthcare in the province, the department has to date paid all small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs).

The department has announced that an amount of R7.7 million relating to the prior year's invoices were audited as per the prepayment audit process and released last week to reflect in the suppliers' bank accounts on Monday.

The amount includes payments to SMMEs.

The department said it had developed a prepayment audit process to verify all invoices submitted by supplies.

"Invoices that are verified as payable will be paid on a weekly basis with the approval of the Chief Financial Officer. An amount of R24 million is currently undergoing a prepayment audit," the department said.

In a bid to strengthen the delivery of health service in the province, the department has also filled 2 259 critical funded vacant posts between April and November 2012.

These appointments include 752 nurses, 595 clinical professionals such as doctors and specialists, 528 allied professionals such as physiotherapists, 41 allied support, 71 managers, 397 administration and 144 support staff.

Health MEC, Hope Papo, noted that the process of filling posts was negatively affected by the scarcity of skills in the country.

"To ensure better health for all, the department will continue with initiatives such as paying suppliers timeously, beefing up staff in health facilities and ensuring the availability of medicine in all public health facilities in the province," said Papo.

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