Gauteng Health MEC blames lack of funds for health care woes

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Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa says continued staff shortages and a shortage of equipment at hospitals is due to insufficient funding to meet the demand for health care services in the province.

Human resources and equipment were among the challenges raised by management and staff when the MEC made unannounced visit on Sunday at the Yusuf Dadoo Hospital in Krugersdorp, as well as Leratong Hospital in Kagiso, west of Johannesburg. Ramokgopa says while staff remuneration has been improved, the budget is not enough to employ more staff.

“I’d like the country to answer me on that. Why is the country not acknowledging that the demand for services, health services at clinics, hospital levels, has increased over the years, but absolute number of our staff has not increased. If I get enough money, certainly, this is priority area. What I’ve instructed the department to do, which the acting HOD has done, is to identify critical areas of shortage, and make sure that we fill those within the finances available,” says Ramokopa.