New Gauteng Health MEC to prioritise ‘worst performing hospitals’

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Two months into the job, newly-appointed Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku says his journey has been a roller-coaster ride. The Times reports that with his portfolio allocated at least R 50.8bn, among his priorities were improving conditions at the 10 “worst-performing” hospitals in the province, and ensuring the 24-hour clinics and point of care missions were fully functional.

The report says the worst performing hospitals include, Jubilee, Bheki Mlangeni, Tambo Memorial, Mamelodi, Edenvale, Thelle Mogoerane and Tembisa.

“It’s a known fact (that) there is almost an adversarial relationship between our health workers and the community. The number of attacks on our health workers, the number of negative comments about our health workers on social media, clearly shows that we need to correct something,” he said.

Masuku said the department needed to do more to improve staff morale and that the department would reward good work and excellence, and those accused of wrongdoing would be held to account or re-trained. A human resources programme had been be rolled out at health facilities across Gauteng among a set of solutions.

The Times report

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