Hospital operator Netcare announced that it is scaling back health and management services in Lesotho and handing over the facilities early amid a payment dispute with that country’s government. The multimillion-rand deal to build and manage Lesotho’s biggest hospital was supposed to be a model public-private partnership. The handover was brought forward because the Lesotho government is four months in arrears. Total fees owing since March 2021 amount to R275-m, Netcare said. This includes debt repayments due to the Development Bank of SA, which provided loans for the hospital’s construction, staff and nursing salaries, as well as payments to suppliers for services.


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