Gauteng Health Department bank accounts have been attached to enforce payment of R574 730 051 for 213 cases of medical negligence since January 2018.
This was revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku in a written reply to questions by the DA’s Shadow MEC for Health in Gauteng, Jack Bloom in the Gauteng Legislature.
According to Masuku, the attachment of the Department’s FNB bank accounts was because of non-payment of court orders, and R170 485 745 is still owing because “The Department has not budgeted for litigations relating to medico legal matters.”
Bloom says while he commends the Department for its plans to resolve negligence claims by mediation instead of long court cases, the first prize should be to dramatically improve treatment so that patients are not harmed in hospitals.
“The high number of negligence claims does not give confidence that government can successfully implement its National Health Insurance (NHI) plans,” Bloom says.