On Thursday, 31 October 2019, Gauteng Department of Health MEC Bandile Masuku held a media briefing at the Life Centre Building in Marshalltown, Johannesburg to officially announce the appointment of eleven new hospital CEO’s.
This gesture reflects Masuku’s obligations as an MEC, in office, and is part of improving governance and leadership in the department. Masuku began his speech by greeting and welcoming the dignitaries who were present, as well as the media, before delving into the topic at hand.
He articulated the department’s vision as well as strategic objectives they needed to work towards, before their term in office ended. These objectives included improving patient experience and staff morale while introducing the National Health Insurance. Clinical Services, governance, leadership and public health needed to be improved as well.
“The team of CEO’s we will shortly announce, is a team we are confident will work with us in ensuring that these priorities are implemented in Gauteng facilities”, continued Masuku.
In August the Department advertised posts for thirteen hospitals around Gauteng and successfully recruited eleven CEO’s but no suitable candidates were found for Bertha Gxowa Hospital, Jubilee Hospital and Heidelberg Hospital even after re-advertisements. The department will therefore have to embark on a head-hunting process.
“The new team is composed of a mixture of young and experienced managers with vast experience in the health sector. This is part of strengthening leadership and governance in facilities and improving the patient experience of care”, Masuku explained.