EC PUBLIC HEALTH ‘ON VERGE OF COLLAPSE’

The Democratic Alliance (DA) yesterday appealed to the national government to bail out the cash-strapped Eastern Cape health department, saying public health in the province was on the verge of collapse and calling for a ministerial probe into why the department had run into such deep financial trouble.

The Eastern Cape health department overspent its R11,8bn budget for 2009-10 by R1,6bn, according to analysis by the Public Service Accountability Monitor, a unit based at Rhodes University. The debt has been rolled over into the current fiscal year, compromising the province’s ability to provide essential health services.  Read the full story in Business Day.