Accelerated Visible Health Care Service Delivery Program
The MEC of Health, Dr Bandile Masuku addressed a captivating audience at the Health Budget Vote, which took place at Gauteng Provincial Legislature. He drew their attention to the fact that health coverage has become an unstoppable global movement. He echoed the words of President Nelson Mandela: ‘Health cannot be a question of income; it is a fundamental human right’.
The key priority for the Sixth Administration will be centred on the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI), improving patient experience, improving clinical services, promoting public health education and; improving governance and leadership.
IMPROVING PATIENT EXPERIENCE ‘
He continued adding that the current financial year will see Gauteng Health invest in an excess of R1 billion for maintenance and refurbishment. “Health infrastructure forms part of a society’s social assets, and therefore important for the eradication of asset poverty among our people,” said Dr Masuku
He added: “Some of these resources will be directed towards the ten hospitals that require urgent improvements. Bheki Mlangeni, Jubilee, Mamelodi, Tembisa, Tambo Memorial, Edenvale, Dr. George Mukhari, Kopanong + Sebokeng ‘Complex’ and Thelle Mogoerane are amongst some of the hospitals. The selection of these hospitals is not solely based on worst performance, but also on the potential of what an integrated, innovative and responsive health system in Gauteng can do.”
IMPROVING STAFF MORALE
Dr Masuku made it very clear about staff being the greatest asset and pride of Gauteng Health. He explained: “As part of the broader objective of changing organisational culture, improving staff morale will be a priority for the current financial year. Our staff works under challenging conditions and we have an obligation to make them feel appreciated. For this, we have allocated an initial R3 million for our Employee Value Proposition project.”