Tuesday, September 25, 2007

DA probes Public Prosecutor to investigate Health Department


By Ilhaam Hoosain
25 September 2007


The Public Prosecutor has received a request from the Democratic Alliance to investigate whether or not the Department of Health advertisements in a variety of newspapers last week ‘constitutes unauthorised, fruitless and wasteful expenditure in terms of the requirements of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA)’.

“The Public Protector has passed rules in our favour with the Provincial Department of Health of Gauteng, in this regard and we hoping he will do the same with the National Department,” says DA spokesperson Mike Waters.

South Africa is facing “urgent health crisis”, including disintegration of public hospitals, HIV/Aids and XDR-TB and that money could have been spent on that instead on an advert that has basically no point.

“We believe this money could have been better spent in upgrading hospitals in dire need of vital equipment and basic operating utensils,” says Waters.

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