gautengTimesLIVE reports that Gauteng hospitals are in such bad condition that it will cost about R6bn to make them compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).  

Democratic Alliance Gauteng health spokesperson Jack Bloom said the poor state of the 32 hospitals meant that none of them would be able to be part of government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) as they would need to be accredited by the Office of Health Standards Compliance.  Bloom reported that the amount of R6bn was revealed in a presentation by the Gauteng health department to the Gauteng legislature’s health committee on Friday.  All the hospitals concerned needed expensive building alterations, ranging from R11m for the Rahima Moosa Hospital to a “whopping” R810m for the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.  Critical areas included general machinery regulations, electrical installation regulations, fire-fighting equipment, lift regulations, storage, exits, stairs and aisles.  According to Bloom, the department was to submit proposals for R1.7bn for the 10 worst hospitals in the province.

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