Johannesburg - The Gauteng health department has made little progress in fixing deficiencies identified by the Auditor-General, the main national opposition Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.
In a speech delivered during debate on the provincial health department's annual report, DA shadow member of the executive committee for heath in Gauteng, Jack Bloom, said it showed "dismal failure" with only 43 percent of targets achieved.
He noted that according to the Auditor-General the department had not taken effective and appropriate steps to prevent an irregular expenditure of R1.7 billion and fruitless and wasteful expenditure of R38 million and that no disciplinary steps were taken against implicated officials.
"Year after year, we hear that the department is going to be turned around, but we still don’t have a clean audit report," Bloom said.
He said the provincial audit committee had reported in July that compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act was still a significant problem as most institutions did not have dedicated occupational health officers.”