Cape Town – Gang-related violence is putting pressure on the Western Cape health budget and resources.
With 71 murders having been reported in the province over the past two weekends, overburdened hospitals are struggling to cope.
Quite simply, more health-care resources are needed to contend with the high crime and murder rate as the demand increasingly outstrips the supply.
To make matters worse, the provincial budget has been reduced by R9 billion over the past three years, which is impacting negatively on the provision of health services.
This was stated on Tuesday by Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo at the signing of the Presidential Health Compact to strengthen the health system.