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Health Minister seeks PIC funds to build more hospitals

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the lack of funding to build hospitals has gotten so bad that they have been speaking to the Treasury about dipping into the PIC for assistance.

FILE: Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS

DURBAN – Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he will ask the Treasury to assist in releasing funds from the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to build more public hospitals.

Motsoaledi spoke to Eyewitness News on the sidelines of a walkabout at the King Edward Hospital in Durban where he inspected the damage caused by a storm that ravaged KwaZulu-Natal.

He says the deteriorating state of the facility is partly the reason why it was so badly affected by the storms this week.

Motsoaledi says the lack of funding to build hospitals has gotten so bad that they have been speaking to the Treasury about dipping into the PIC for assistance.

But Motsoaledi says the federation’s president Sdumo Dlamini has given his department their full support and the Health Minister says they will continue engaging the Treasury.

“I’m sure you’re aware that Cosatu has issued a statement condemning the use of PIC money to bail out state-owned enterprises but not the academic hospital. I have just spoken to Cosatu president last week.”

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