DA: Premier must mediate in medicine crisis
Johannesburg - North West Premier Thandi Modise must intervene in the non supply of medicine to state hospitals and clinics in the province, the DA says.
Provincial leader Chris Hattingh said on Monday: "The life-threatening situation in North West hospitals and clinics justify an immediate intervention.
"The DA will request the premier to involve private sector health service providers to assist in addressing the escalating crisis."
He said the DA had been receiving complaints from provincial doctors, pharmacists, nurses and patients since September 2010 about the non-availability of medicine and surgical equipment.
"Doctors complained about patients going into diabetic comas," he said.
Departmental spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane said the supply of medicine was "normal" following a strike at the medical depot.
"We had challenges a few months ago, because of the new system we introduced.
"There were also workers on strike at the medical depot, but the situation has since improved."
Lekgethwane said pharmacists interviewed during MEC Magome Masike's surprise visits at hospital had confirmed that they had enough medicine stocks.