Rebuilding the strike-hit department of health in North West will take about 18 months — but the condition is that it the required resources be provided, the administrator appointed by government to oversee the turnaround said on Wednesday. The department, which was brought to a point of collapse as a result of a strike last month, has been placed under administration by national government and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has appointed an intervention team, led by Jeanette Hunter as the administrator. The costing for the intervention and its team of experts is expected to be completed by August. The team plans to strengthen supply-chain management and internal governance, and review the department’s organisational structure, among other things.

Hunter told the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) ad hoc committee that the baseline amount required to run the North West department of health services was not known. The department was under-funded and it was necessary to work...

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