Hospital CEOs moved amid graft probe

2011-10-09 19:38

Mbombela - Three hospital chief executive officers (CEOs) in Mpumalanga have been moved to other hospitals amid allegations of corruption, mismanagement and negligence.

The provincial health and social development department has redeployed the CEOs of Tonga Hospital near Malalane, Rob Ferreira Hospital in Mbombela and Matibidi Hospital in Graskop.

“Yes, we have removed the CEOs from the hospitals, but we have not fired or suspended them," department spokesperson Dumisane Mlangeni told African Eye News Service (AENS) on Friday.

Mlangeni said the CEOs were given other responsibilities in the department's provincial or regional offices after the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) made allegations against them.

"We are still investigating the allegations raised by the union," he said.

Nehawu provincial secretary Sizwe Motha told AENS that the union called for the CEOs' removal based on real issues affecting ordinary citizens.

“We want performing and competent people to lead our hospitals and public health sector. Any non-performing and incompetent CEO must leave.

Other hospitals

"As a union, we'll ask for his or her removal so that patients can get decent health care as guaranteed by the Constitution,” said Motha.

He said the union had received complaints from members of the public dissatisfied with services at other hospitals in the province.

“There are other hospitals where we receive complaints either from our members or the public.

For instance, when we went to Matikwane Hospital in Mkhuhlu we found patients' files lying spread out in full view of everyone. There's no privacy about patients' illnesses. It's the same thing at Matibidi," said Motha.

Provincial co-ordinator of the Treatment Action Campaign, Thandi Maluka, warned that public hospitals could not afford to rely on acting CEOs, however.

“The problem with acting CEOs is that they can't take decisions with their staff. Powers are not well invested in them as they still have to consult and by that time some lives are lost in hospital,” said Maluka.

She added that similar problems were experienced at most clinics and hospitals where an acting manager or CEO was unable to make important decisions.

"Some hospitals and clinics are understaffed because the acting person can't take decisions which may lead to lives being saved,” said Maluka.

She said this included decisions about dispensing medicine. 

  • vtowntekkie - 2011-10-09 20:01

    Spread the love bratha's!!!

  • Robschele - 2011-10-09 20:06

    Is there a record somewhere with the names of all these useless public servants. I get the impression that they are moved out of the eye for a while and after some months they get promoted to a diffirent town or hospital again.

  • parkavenue - 2011-10-09 20:07

    dont shift the f%^ken problem, solve it...

  • PyroSA - 2011-10-09 20:30

    I hope this is just used as an alternate to being suspended with pay. At least in this way you're getting something for your money.

  • steve - 2011-10-09 20:45

    I have worked at Rob Ferreira Hospital - highly doubt that the CEO is corrupt, more likely that NEHAWU has their own agenda

      Lizann - 2011-10-09 20:52

      I have just heard a similar view from a former department of health manager from Mpumalanga. Atually it is often all these "agendas" that cause good people to leave the public sector.

      Banana_Republic - 2011-10-10 08:23

      I have heard the same about Rob, NEHAWU wasnt able to call the shots, hence the whining and clearly they have the ear of another Mamparalanga MEC more concerned about their future on the gravy train rather than the welfare of the public. Matikwane on the other hand needs a complete overhaul of staff and management - its common knowledge in the area that if you are admitted to Matikwane, you will leave in a box!

  • cuz - 2011-10-09 21:33

    And so it goes on, one report of public-sector sleaze after another. This is consistent with this Government's record of rewarding bad behaviour. By moving these corrupt CEO's we are spreading the virus far and wide so the next hospital can also become corrupt, mismanaged and neglected. Rewarding bad behaviour will not incentivise these corrupt CEO thieves to change their ways. It's time to reward good behaviour and punish bad behaviour. Personally, I say convict and punish the guilty... prosecute corrupt officials!!

  • cgtours - 2011-10-10 01:25

    What the devil does it help to move them to other hospitals> for mismanagement corruption and maladministration!!- they should be fired! N ow they are going to mismanage/corrupt and maladministrate other functional hospitals!. is there anybody with brains in the government?!! Please start speaking up if you are there!

  • Blikskottel - 2011-10-10 07:56

    TRhis is negligence on the ministers part. These poeple should be charged and fired if found guilty. The minister should have no say in what happens to them, only a court should decide.

  • Agent Bastad - 2011-10-10 09:14

    Isn't the CEO of a hospital refered to as a superintendent?

  • Pollenated - 2011-10-10 09:22

    I hope the appropriate action will be taken without these men being blessed with a fully paid suspension.

      Lizann - 2011-10-10 10:51

      What makes you think they are all men?? It is rumoured in some health circles that one is a women and competent but may not fit in with affirmative action agendas. What a pity everyone runs off at the mouth without waiting for the facts. The TAC made a good point that having key people in acting positions does not help and perhaps this is the real problem that needs addressing.

  • leonorabinedell - 2011-10-10 09:47

    They should be fired, not kept on the pay roll.

  • letsdance - 2011-10-10 13:47

    OMG this country is in the F&*king toilet....

  • fzondagh - 2013-01-18 05:57

    why do we need more CEO's what we need is doctors, nurses and equipment. NOT CEO'S

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