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R4bn in claims brings Eastern Cape Health close to collapse

The Bhisho legislature has been told that Eastern Cape Health  is on the verge of collapse and has been paralysed by medico-legal claims worth R4bn in the past financial year, reports Daily Dispatch.

ANC MPL Mzoleli Mrara while tabling the legislature’s Portfolio Committee Report on the Office of the Premier during a virtual house sitting yesterday, said “The Department of Health is paralysed because of a deficit of R4bn due to medico-legal claims. The provincial government must address the issues of the Department of Health, especially the medico-legal claims, so that the budget of the department may be directed to fulfil the department’s core mandate.”

In a second report, tabled at the legislature last week, committee chair Mxolisi Dimaza revealed that a number of programmes in the Health Department were being compromised because funds had to be redirected to pay for the unfunded medico-legal claims. The health report revealed that the provincial hospital services programme overspent by R398m, “due to medico-legal claims which result in service delivery being compromised”, while the health facilities management programme underspent by R478m, also due to payments of medico-legal claims.


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Eastern Cape health department paralysed by R4bn in legal claims


See also in MedicalBrief archives:


Eastern Cape Health: R920m in negligence payouts and R4bn in unpaid bills


Eastern Cape Health: R3.8bn in unpaid bills and R37bn in legal claims


SIU finds legal practitioner corruption in negligence claims; Mkhize wants 'no-fault' fund


Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape face R10.9bn in medical negligence claims




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