Controversial Stem Cell treatment’s money trail followed

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Free State provincial treasury has taken the first step in following the money trail for the multi million rand stem cell experiments that recently rocked Free State Health.

The department was criticized for the experimental treatment that has not been approved by the Medicines Control Council (MCC).

According to an agreement with a service provider – that stretches over three years – it was going to cost the already cash-strapped department about R90 million.

Finance MEC Elzabe Rockman says although the department is under her care – as it’s under administration –  approval for such big contracts do not rest with her.

“We asked for information to see what was the process and budget allocation. We are engaging the department (of health) also to see where was the source coming from – grants or equitable shares – and to see what lessons we can learn out of this process.”

Cathy Dlodlo/Courant News