16 June 2019


Health department reaps intervention benefits   

by: Ngwako Motsieng   date: 17 July 2018

Bokone Bophirima’s Health MEC, Dr Magome Masike, has told health stakeholders in the province that his department is working tirelessly to improve health service delivery.

MEC Masike briefed stakeholders recently at the Provincial Health Consultative Forum meeting in Rustenburg.
The Forum was used to update stakeholders about the state of health services, intervention progress, turnaround strategy and financial performance of the department since it was placed under administration.
“We have identified areas of intervention and begun to implement intervention plans. The areas of intervention include financial management, particularly to deal with irregular expenditure and accruals. Supply Chain Management, which is characterised by irregular supply chain and material deviation from procurement practices, have been identified as carrying fiscal risks which end up draining the resources of the department.  
“We continue to work together with the Administrator to address challenges faced by our employees at administration level in the provincial office and at the coal face of service delivery in the districts,” Masike said.
Contract management, particularly major contracts, such as Buthelezi EMS and Mediosa, have also been identified as problem areas that need immediate intervention.
“We have revised the scope of work of private ambulance providers, Buthelezi EMS and High Care EMS.  The two service providers will now deal with inter-facility transfers to allow state ambulances to focus on emergencies.  
“With effect from 1 June 2018, contracted private ambulance service providers only respond to cases as and when called to do so by authorized personnel within the department. Private service providers will only be utilized in the event when provincial state resources are over stretched,” Masike explained.
The department has cancelled a mobile clinic contract with Mediosa, which was procured without following correct procurement procedures.