KZN health department takes over McCord hospital

By Drum Digital
01 February 2014

The KwaZulu-Natal health department officially took over Durban's 104-year-old McCord Hospital on Saturday.

The take over, which was marked with an official ceremony at the hospital, was preceded by an interim management agreement that had been in place since the end of October.

Details of the take over were not immediately known, but since October the former hospital board and the department had run the hospital to finalise all outstanding issues.

The hospital had been slated for closure early in 2013 after the department opted not to renew its annual subsidy.

At the end of January 2013, the province's health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo announced the department had made an offer to take over the hospital.

However, later in the year, the board said the department's offer not only failed to reach the discounted value of the hospital's assets, it failed to adequately relieve the hospital board of its obligations.

This included existing and future claims that might be made against the board. - Sapa

(Pic: elective.net)

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