Patients given biscuits instead of food
Polokwane - Severe food shortages at Limpopo hospitals have resulted in patients being given biscuits to eat instead of bread, vegetables and fruit.
The Star reports that in some state hospitals doctors have even started paying for food out of their own pockets.
At hospitals like the Pietersburg Provincial Hospital in Polokwane, there is no bread and patients are given tea with biscuits. Patients are given porridge with meat during the day but there is no longer fruit or vegetables.
At the Voortrekker Hospital in Mokopane, doctors last week used their own money to buy food for their patients.
The South African Medical Association (Sama) has promised legal action against Limpopo’s service providers who have cut back on food supplies in hospitals.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said last week that service delivery was being sabotaged in Limpopo and that the National Treasury was being undermined for its decision to take over five departments in the province.
There were reports that suppliers had been told to hold back on delivering food for political reasons and not because of non-payment of services.
Limpopo health department spokesperson Joe Maila admitted to the newspaper that some hospitals were experiencing food shortages.
"But we know that since the weekend, suppliers have been beginning to deliver food," he said.