Zweli Mkhize defends Health Department budget cuts

 

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize defended the government in Parliament for its planned Health Department budget cuts amounting to R680-m, as fresh fears of a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic surface, reported Sunday Times Daily (26 November 2020).

Cuts were projected by the National Treasury and were blamed on weak economic growth. Mkhize said the government’s competing priorities necessitated rebalancing and reprioritisation of finances. He said we have been through a difficult time where a number of departments had funds mobilised from them to actually support the Department of Health. Mkhize said the cuts were likely to affect all health programmes in one way or another as they would make it difficult for the department to fund all critical vacant posts and key supplies, given the constraints.

 

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