Warnings given to Baragwanath employees over power outages

2014-02-07 08:15

The Gauteng department of health has given warning letters to two employees over the power outages at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.

“Yes, I can confirm that disciplinary action has been taken against two employees in connection with the outage that happened at Baragwanath,” spokesperson Simon Zwane said today.

“In the wards, there are emergency lights that are used during operations. What we were concerned about is why the generator did not kick in and we found these two people could have acted quickly to do their work more appropriately so that the situation could have been avoided.”

The letters were handed to them yesterday.

The Star reported that generators failed to kick in last month because they had no diesel, and two of 12 generators had technical problems.

It reported that elective operations at the hospital had to be rescheduled. Zwane could not confirm this, but said the problems at the hospital had since been sorted out.

“There have been no problems for the last week,” he said.

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