In February 2013 the Direct Democracy Forum was told that the Yeoville Clinic had been without power or water since 14th December 2012. The DDF was also told that the municipality had obtained a quotation for some R50 000 to rectify the matter but did not have the budget for that expenditure. As recently as a month back the the DDF were told that the Hillbrow clinic was unable to supply risperdal and generics, commonly prescribed anti-psychotics, and other commonly needed drugs, because the municipality had not paid the suppliers. Although the DDF tried to alert the press that there seemed to be something systemically wrong with the finances of the municipal health services, that effort seemed to be like pouring water into a bottomless well.
Then came this report “Why has Gauteng run out of ARVs?”. The report is so shameful on so many levels as to be unbelievable. But sadly it seems to be believable and to vindicate DDF concerns about the possible systemic collapse of Johannesburg municipal health service finances.
As with the DDF post on the R100 Million Deals, the DDF have multifaceted policies to bring municipal finances under control through the application of DDF policies on TEAL and to make municipalities more accountable to their constituents through DDF Local Government Policies. In addition, comprehensive DDF Health Care policies will broaden access for everyone to quality health care, so patients will never be turned away from the provision of adequate care, anti-retroviral drugs and other desperately needed medications.
The buck stops at the ballot box