MEC must take control of hospital - DA

2013-08-16 14:06
Sibongiseni Dhlomo (Picture: The Witness)

Sibongiseni Dhlomo (Picture: The Witness)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal health MEC must make sure an agreement is signed to avoid closing Durban's 103-year-old McCord Hospital, the Democratic Alliance said on Friday.

"The MEC must take control of the situation. He has already committed to taking over McCord and turning it into a state-run hospital," DA spokesperson Makhosazana Mdlalose said in a statement.

Mdlalose urged MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo to push for signing an agreement between McCord Hospital management and the provincial health department without delay.

"If this transition is being managed as it should be, by both parties, then there shouldn't be any issue and staff should certainly not be standing outside protesting," she said.

On Thursday, staff mostly belonging to the National Education, Health, and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu), protested outside the facility.

They carried banners that read "Yes to DOH [department of health]" and "No to Closure".

The hospital was slated for closure earlier this year after the department opted not to renew its annual subsidy.

At the end of January, Dhlomo announced that the department had offered to take over the hospital and that the hospital's board had accepted this.

On Thursday, the MEC's spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi said negotiations had taken place.

 There was an agreement in place "waiting to be signed to effect the take-over of McCord Hospital by the provincial government by September 2013".

Read more on:    nehawu  |  da  |  sibongiseni dhlomo  |  durban  |  health

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Land reform model fizzles

2016-09-25 08:24

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.