Gauteng health workers warned over outages

2014-02-07 09:19
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Johannesburg - The Gauteng department of health has given warning letters to two employees over 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 told Sapa on Friday.

"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 on Thursday.

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.

In a statement, Gauteng health MEC Hope Papo said he had, at the time of the outages, warned that steps would be taken if there was dereliction of duty on the part of any employee.

Papo apologised to patients, their relatives and hospital staff for the inconvenience caused during the power outages.

Zwane said the hospital and the department of infrastructure development was implementing various preventative measures to avoid the recurrence of problems associated with two of the generators.

"We also have to work closely with City Power and the police to firmly deal with the heartless theft of electricity cables... which disrupts the supply of electricity to health and other community facilities, with possible dire consequences."

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