Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
11 May 2022
5:00 am

Expert calls on Phaahla to ensure the health budget is used wisely, and departments are held to account

Brian Sokutu

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla on Tuesday tabled an R64.5 billion (R55 billion) of which would be transferred to provinces.

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla during a media briefing at the Ronnie Mamoepa Press room, Tshedimosetso House, GCIS, Pretoria, 24 February 2022. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla on Tuesday tabled an R64.5 billion budget for financial year 2022/23 – 86% (R55 billion) of which would be transferred to provinces as conditional grants – prompting an expert to call on him to ensure departments are held to account. Failure by provinces to manage the grants could lead to consistency in the implementation framework not being achieved, according to Rural Health Advocacy Project director Russell Rensburg. Delivering his maiden virtual budget vote speech before MPs – two years into the Covid pandemic – Phaahla said government has administered 35 182 million vaccine doses to...