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Patients unattended at E Cape Hospital

2011-02-21 21:25

Johannesburg - People who were taken to the Butterworth Hospital after a car accident on Friday were not attended to by Monday, Eastern Cape Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana said.

"When I went there I found that five people who were in an accident on Friday last week were not being attended to. The bandages had not even been changed," he said after a surprise visit to the hospital.

The injured were transferred to other hospitals, under the MEC's instructions. A woman with severe back injuries was airlifted to an East London hospital.

Gqobana said there was no linen on the beds - which were old, "from 1942" - no food in the hospital kitchen, no instant milk for babies and no equipment at the hospital.

The babies' milk arrived after Gqobana's visit.

The hospital was also dirty, he said. The hospital clearly had management and human resource problems.

"They are badly understaffed even though we allocated them ten nurses," he said.

Management have been told to fast-track the acquisition of food for the facility.

The MEC would meet hospital management on Tuesday to help improve the situation there. He said management had to be up to the task they were employed to do.

Gqobana said he would continue to pay unannounced visits to the province's hospitals to ensure that they ran smoothly.

Comments
  • ProudofPink - 2011-02-21 22:04

    And now they want to destroy private health care as well. Sies ANC.

  • Olivia - 2011-02-21 22:33

    wow I can't believe SA health still has not improved. Are the ministers really doing thier jobs to the FULLEST. r they giving 200% to this country?????

  • AJ - 2011-02-22 05:15

    Viva the Eastern Cape! Dont forget to all pitch next elections and show us all how proud 75% of you are of the way your hometowns are being run!

  • Sme - 2011-02-22 06:42

    Eastern Cape, the armpit of South Africa................. Shocking!!!!

  • Hardtalk - 2011-02-22 07:28

    The new NHI proposed by the ANC will be a joke just like the health care that we have now. Let be honest its just another way to tax the people to fund yet more ANC’s wastes.

  • Thangy - 2011-02-22 10:32

    And did the ANC file an urgent court order to attend to this, no the were too busy fighting to sing a stupid song that no-one identifies with today!

  • Valkyrie - 2011-02-22 11:04

    I honestly don't think being understaffed is the crux of the problem but rather the fact that these days a job is just a job. I can remember the days when being a nurse was a calling in life, they had a passion for helping people and the TLC was evident in their actions. Not for a moment do I think it's a glamorous job, even under top class working conditions, it still takes a special person to perform the tasks that nurses have to. But from the numerous other reports I've read about the sad state of our provincial hospitals, it seems that a lot of nursing staff lack that vital ingredient. Would a caring person go on strike and leave babies unattended in the natal ward? Would a caring person leave another human being to lie in agony after a car accident and not be bothered by someone else's pain? A few years ago, my Mother was a patient an East London Provincial Hospital. The lady in the bed next to her died and the body was left there until the next day. None of the staff seemed concerned that the other patients had to lie there staring at a dead body for an entire day! I acknowledge that there are still many nurses and hospital staff out there who are doing a sterling job but they seem to be a drop in the ocean amongst the others who are more concerned about the size of their pay packet.

  • wisegirl - 2011-02-22 11:57

    Proper healthcare in the government hospitals is non existant. I had the misfortune of having a family member in a state hospital in Polokwane. We witnessed a sick woman who fell out of her bed being kicked and asked to "get up". we were warned that the nurses were fighting about who was going to get our patient's cellphone, naked women were being exposed and laughed at by the nurses, a male nurse was sent to insert a catheter, while there were female nurses around, i could go on and on

  • mjv - 2011-02-22 14:10

    And that is how they CARE for they own? At least the Whiteman cared in 1942.Who have stolen all the linnen? But lets blame it on APARTHEID

  • mjv - 2011-02-22 14:16

    That is how they CARE for their own - but lets blame it on APARTHEID

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