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Mental health gets a major boost in Gauteng budget
2017/03/07 Phumla Sekhonyane
MEC for Finance Barbara Creecy has reaffirmed the Provincial Treasury’s commitment to support the Department of Health in implementing the recommendations of the Health Ombud Report.
 
To this end, MEC Creecy announced that the Gauteng Provincial Government has budgeted a whooping R893.8 million for the effective and efficient mental care services in the province.
Delivering the 2017/18 provincial budget, Creecy said this was part of restoring public confidence in the Gauteng public health system.  
The Health Ombud recommendations came as a result of the tragic death of more than 100 mentally ill patients who were transferred from Life Esidimeni to NGOs around the province.
 
This is in line with Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s commitment to ensure that the provincial government continues to implement the recommendations of the Health Ombud Report and prioritises mental health in the province.
“When the alternative dispute resolution process is complete, we will appropriate any necessary resources for the families of the victims of the Life Esidimeni Tragedy from the provincial revenue fund,” said Creecy. 
In addition, the Department of Health was in total allocated 40.2 billion for 2017/18 to assist in improving the health of Gauteng citizens and restoring the public confidence in the provincial health system. 
Key allocations are as follows:
 
• R9 billion to enhance service delivery outcomes in district hospitals, community health clinics and community based centres;
• R7.3 billion for our central hospitals;
• R3,7 billion to support the treatment and prevention of HIV/Aids and Tuberculosis;
• R990 for Emergency Medical Services (EMS); and
• R924 million in new money for medicine, medical supplies for the appointment of key personnel in the department.
Issued by Gauteng Provincial Government
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