Gauteng hospitals

Health workers conduct tasks at Steve Biko Academic Hospital – Photo: Gallo images / Alet Pretorius

Non-renewal of Covid-19 posts expected to hit Gauteng hospitals hard

The non-renewal of over 8000 Covid-19 temporary posts in Gauteng is expected to have a devastating impact on hospitals in the province.

Gauteng hospitals

Health workers conduct tasks at Steve Biko Academic Hospital – Photo: Gallo images / Alet Pretorius

The loss of Covid-19 temporary posts will hit Gauteng hospitals hard, says the Democratic Alliance in the province

This week, the Gauteng Health Department announced that over 8000 posts that were created at the peak of Covid-19 will not be renewed due to budgetary constraints. The various categories of healthcare workers included: administrative and support staff, allied, clinical, engineering, and nursing personnel. At the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, over 800 doctors and nurses will also be without jobs at the end of March.


DA shadow MEC for Health in Gauteng, Jack Bloom said the loss of posts is devastating because hospitals are chronically under-staffed even without the burden of Covid-19 cases.

“In the case of Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital they will lose more than 400 posts, putting even more stress on those who remain. This also highlights the inexplicable policy of hiring Cuban doctors when local doctors are unemployed,” Bloom said. 

Bloom said he estimates that more than R2 billion of Covid grant money was wasted because of corruption, misplaced priorities and incompetency.

“This includes R700 million on the empty Anglo Ashanti Hospital in the Far West Rand, R500 million on empty wards at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, R200 million on uncompleted wards at Kopanong Hospital, as well as wasteful spending on the NASREC field hospital, and the PPE corruption.” 

The appointed staff rendered services to ensure that the Gauteng province responds effectively to the various stages of managing the pandemic. 

Gauteng Health spokesperson Kwara Kekana said the allocated amount will not be sufficient to cater for the total cost of the re-appointment of all categories of employees on contract for the financial year 2022/2023.

Gauteng Health MEC, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi said as much as the department wants to keep all  Covid-19 appointees to continue providing much needed services it is not possible to extend all the contracts without funding.  

The MEC added that the decision on which employees will be appointed will be based on service needs at each hospital and the availability of the budget in each facility.

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