DA: Premier must mediate in medicine crisis

2011-04-11 22:16
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.


- SAPA
Read more on:    da  |  chris hattingh  |  thandi modise  |  mahikeng  |  health
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Mood swings and emotional rollercoaster rides are still on the cards for most of today. The most important thing is to consciously...read more

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.