Five hospital CEOs appointed

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pretoria - The Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development has appointed new Chief Executive Officers for five provincial hospitals.

The appointment of the new CEOs, Johanna More for Chris Hani Baragwanath, Dr Tiego Selebano for Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic, Dr Lancelot Phalatsi for Kalafong, Dr Lekopane Mogaladi for Far East Rand and Dr Zolela Ngcwabe for Sebokeng, were announced on Thursday by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu.

This follows the launch of Operation Kuyasheshwa-la which aims to stabilise, improve, and sustain the quality of services delivered in hospitals and clinics.

One of the key components of the operation was the filling of senior management positions where the lack thereof affected service delivery.

During the operation launch in June last year, Mahlangu promised to fill temporary deployments and acting positions with fulltime appointed staff within the next six months.

Announcing the names on Thursday, Mahlangu said she was delighted that that the department has been able to meet the deadline of the operation.

"We have seen some improvement since the launch of Operation Kuyasheshwa-la six months ago although much can still be achieved, for instance the availability of medication has improved to 92 percent through improved monitoring and weekly recording of stock-outs.

Mahlangu said the mobile therapeutic vehicles, that were launched last month to make emergency deliveries of medicines, were assisting to maintain the availability of supplies.

She however, noted that long queues continue to be a challenge and the department was working on it. "A report will be given when we deliver our budget speech later this year," she said.

Mahlangu reminded the new CEOs that they were expected to contribute towards improvement of the management of the institutions and ensure better quality of care to patients.

"I expect them to manage by walking around so that they may be visible to all staff and be able to identify and solve problems at service delivery points."