Makhura lauds unqualified audit for health department

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says things are now turning around for the health department.

The AG says Premier David Makhura’s administration recorded its best performance in 13 years. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Premier David Makhura says for the first time in more than a decade, the Gauteng Health Department has received an unqualified audit by the auditor general.

Makhura has held a briefing on Auditor General Kimi Makwetu's report for the 2015/2016 financial year.

Makhura says the auditor general's findings are a clear sign that the provincial government is hard at work.

He says the health department has had a poor track record of qualified reports but things are now turning around.

"The intervention plan that we put in place has helped. We're now shifting from just worrying about unqualified audits to delivering health outcomes that we want."

Makhura says while there have already been significant gains more effort is still needed to provide better health care.

The auditor general's latest findings on Gauteng show that interventions to sort out the province's finances have paid off, adds Makhura.

Makhura says his office likes to lead by example.

"We are very pleased about this performance. We have received essentially 21 clean audits and according to the auditor general's scorecard, we've moved from 54 percent in the last year to 60 percent in clean audits.'