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Dirty linen threatens operating theatres

2012-09-10 13:18

Durban - Doctors are threatening to close down operating theatres at one of KwaZulu-Natal's largest hospitals unless the health department addresses the shortage of clean linen, The Mercury newspaper reported.

The doctors had reportedly threatened to close theatres at Addington Hospital, in Durban.

According to the newspaper, all provincial hospitals were battling to get clean operating theatre linen because the provincial health department's largest laundry at Sea Cow Lake in Durban had broken down.

The report quoted an e-mail from Addington Hospital's systems manager CH Myeza to the head of the laundry services Diane Naidoo, warning of potential litigation.

Only one of the laundry's three machines was operating and linen was being dumped and burned, according to the report.

The laundry serves 12 hospitals and nine clinics.

The health department said it would comment later on Monday.

Comments
  • michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-10 13:25

    You mean to tell me that the hospital can't find another laundry service to do the job in the mean time??? Come on guys... You'd rather burn the linen?

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-10 13:26

      And aren't hospitals supposed to have their own laundry dept at the hospital itself???

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-10 13:46

      No can do - if its on tender they have to use the service provider assigend to that job according to tenders, if they use anyone else, the Dep of health KZN will not pay that company as it will be deemed in breech of contract.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-10 13:29

    Just another ANC stuff up, the domino's just keep falling.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-10 13:45

    Viva cANCer Viva! Another stuff up to notch up on your belt.

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-10 14:09

    Don't wash your dirty laundry in public.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-09-10 14:34

    Just one word SHOCKING!!!

  • mullervince - 2012-09-10 14:36

    And who can argue the fact, that this problem occurred due to the ANC forcing people into positions who are not qualified for these responsible positions. This country is such a mess, thanks to the ANC

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-10 15:11

      its also due to the fact that anything done @ hospital level all comes down to tenders and who its awarded it to. 95% of the time its given to a company based on the BEE level, whether they can do the job or not. In most cases the company its awarded to is a "new" company and have no cooking clue what they actually doing. I know this from experience before anyone thinks of downthumbing this.

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-09-10 14:41

    zuma will blame apartheid for this.

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-09-10 15:07

    Part of Mr Zooooma`s improved service delivery i presume? More germs!

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