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WC govt to spend R19.9bn on health services

Ivan Meyer said the money will go towards the construction of health care facilities and improving services.

Western Cape Finance MEC delivering the provincial budget for the 2015/16 financial year in the Western Cape Legislature. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape government will spend the bulk of its budget this year on health services.

Finance MEC Ivan Meyer, unveiled the provincial budget in the Western Cape Legislature yesterday.

It aims to boost economic growth and improve services.

Meyer has allocated R19.9 billion to the health department.

He said the money will go towards the construction of health care facilities and improving services.

The provincial government will also spend more than R26 billion on infrastructure development projects in various local and district municipalities over the next three years.

Meyer has told the house the provincial government needs to cut costs, because of the effects of the drought and the economic downturn.

He said they will first look at the Public Servant's Wage Bill.

"Further work between the provincial treasury and the department of the premier and the Department of Local Government is on the cards to ensure that departments stick within the set limits and that personnel budgets do not grow to the extent it has in other provinces."

The province's budget will increase to R58 billion in 2017/18 financial year and to R60 billion in the following year.

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