SERVICE TRANSFORMATION PLANS
In 2006 the National Department of Health asked provincial departments of health to draw up Service Transformation Plans (STPs). These are long-term plans (10 years) designed to help provinces to improve service delivery by assessing provincial health needs against existing health services and budget.
Eight provinces produced draft STPs and the Western Cape produced a long-term plan known as a Comprehensive Service Plan.
In 2009 the National Health Council asked provincial health departments to finalise their STPS and to revise them to bring them into line with the new administration’s ten-point plan for health.
The objectives of the STPs are to:
- Review the nature and extent of health services in each province;
- Develop optional scenarios for future improvement of health services;
- Estimate budgetary needs over a ten-year planning period; and
- Provide information needed to develop short and long-term health plans.
The National Department of Health asked the SARRAH programme for help in sourcing and contracting consultants to assist provinces with their STPs. Technical advice for costing and scenario development is the major focus of this support.
By mid-2012 all provinces had compelted their STPs and SARRAH work on this project had come to an end.
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