Limpopo Health is poised to radically restructure its staff complement to try to free up more money for frontline workers and goods and services, according to Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba.
Business Day reports that, according to an analysis published by the Treasury as part of the recent medium-term budget policy statement, the department’s compensation bill has ballooned in the past decade, rising from 58.9% of its healthcare budget in 2008-09 to 71% in 2016-17.
The department had gone on a hiring spree and appointed more than 5,000 “non-core” staff before it was placed under section 100 administration in 2011, said Ramathuba. As a result, it employed far too many clerks and administrators and did not have enough doctors, nurses, cooks and cleaners in its health facilities, she said. ….more