DA health spokesperson Pine Pienaar has suggested that the private sector and national defence force be called in to help with basic healthcare service in the province.

This follows after it emerged that the Department of Health is bankrupt. Proof of the adverse effect this state of affairs had arisen in Somerset East, where the local ambulance service is non-functional because the government-issue petrol cards had not been renewed.

“It is indeed a sad day when a government cannot provide basic healthcare to its citizens. The DA warned the Department of Health regarding its over expenditure repeatedly last year,” he said.

“The news that the newly-appointed provincial health superintendent-general, Dr. Siva Pillay, has asked Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan for help is welcomed. However, the department is obviously in such a shambles that any outside intervention will take time to yield results. In the meantime, alternatives must be found, before innocent people die. The suffering of the poorest of the poor because of the incompetence of the ruling party’s administration cannot be tolerated any longer”.

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