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NW Health Dept administrator Hunter details turnaround strategy

Presenting a united front, Jeanette Hunter and Health MEC Magome Masike focused on inspiring confidence in the planned measures to address the administrative issues.

North West Health MEC Magome Masike and Administrator of the department Jeanette Hunter addressing the media at the Provincial Health Consultative Forum in Rustenburg on 6 July. Picture: Masechaba Sefularo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The administrator in the Department of Health has for the first time given details on its turnaround strategy after being placed under administration in April following several problems, including a protracted labour strike.

Jeanette Hunter made her presentation at the Provincial Health Consultative Forum gathering in Rustenburg on Friday afternoon.

Presenting a united front, Hunter and Health MEC Magome Masike focused on inspiring confidence in the planned measures to address the administrative issues that plague the ailing department.

Hunter summarised the key challenges identified since her arrival.

“[Firstly,]I’m going to put poor financial management and poor supply chain management as one. Secondly, poor people management. The protest that happened is a sign of people saying we’ve had enough of wanting to be good health workers under bad conditions.”

She says some interventions to address staff shortages have already been implemented, with over 200 critical posts due to be advertised this weekend.

CONTRACTS IRREGULARITIES

Hunter says payments to some service providers have been delayed in order to verify billing in an effort to address irregularities with some contracts.

The controversial Mediosa contract received another mention from Masike.

But Hunter says it’s one of many contracts that will be thoroughly checked.

She has reiterated healthcare services have not collapsed, but she concedes administrative processes have been flouted.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)