In South Africa, we currently have a number of public private partnerships (PPPs) with government in the construction, refurbishment, operation and management of hospital facilities. Major projects include:
- The Universitas and Pelonomi hospitals PPP with the Free State Department of Health. Through this agreement, Netcare utilises spare capacity within the two Bloemfontein-based hospitals, effectively co-locating private facilities in a public healthcare venue.
The first private patients were admitted to Universitas Private Hospital during October 2003, and to Pelonomi Private Hospital in September 2005.
- The Port Alfred and Settlers hospitals PPP with the Eastern Cape Department of Health, with both hospitals featuring public and private facilities. The Port Alfred Hospital, completed in February 2009, was rebuilt from the ground up and offers the local community state-of-the-art medical facilities.
The refurbishment of the Settlers Hospital in Grahamstown was completed in August 2009, including the construction of a new private wing. The public and private wings share a number of upgraded facilities.
Outside South Africa, Netcare is leading a consortium of partners in the building of a new public hospital for the Government of Lesotho, the largest healthcare PPP in Africa to date. This landmark project includes the refurbishment of 2 filter clinics in addition to the new hospital in Maseru, with the entire project scheduled for completion mid-2011.
The new National Referral Hospital replaces the existing Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, which faces chronic shortages of hot water, heat, medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, trained staff and reliable equipment. Netcare will design, build, partially finance and operate the hospital, and provide clinical services for a period of 18 years.
Netcare also participates in a number of public private initiatives in the training of healthcare professionals [link to Education & Training NT24].
The experience we have garnered closer to home, combined with our PPP in the United Kingdom with the National Health Service, stand Netcare in good stead to further partner governments in bolstering and supporting healthcare infrastructure and delivery.
For more information on our PPP initiatives, please see our current annual report.
Public Private Partnerships in the service of the nation. View the brochure (1MB pdf).