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SAHRC must probe hospitals - DA

2012-07-27 22:10

Cape Town - The DA wants the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to mount an urgent investigation into equipment shortages at certain state hospitals.

These were "putting the lives of patients at serious risk", Democratic Alliance MP Patricia Kopane said in a statement on Friday.

The hospitals were in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Gauteng.

"I will today be writing to the HRC to request an urgent investigation into the impact of hospital equipment shortages on the rights of patients to have access to health care -- as enshrined in Section 27 of the Constitution."

Kopane said the shortages appeared to be "largely attributable to ignored requisition orders by provincial health departments, and the failure of these departments to pay service providers for the maintenance of critical equipment".

On Friday, she visited the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital with Gauteng MPL Jack Bloom.

"We assessed the conditions faced by patients and staff, and discovered that patients in Gauteng are being treated in hospitals that face similar equipment shortages to those in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo."

Among other things, they had found:

 - materials to make protective equipment used during radiation treatments had been exhausted, endangering the patients being treated;

 - two brachytherapy machines, used to treat cervical cancer, were not functioning because the radiation source had run out. A total of 159 patients were on the waiting list to be treated for cervical cancer; and

 - two Cobalt-60 units, used to treat Kaposi's sarcoma, were also offline because they lacked a radiation source.

"The disrepair means that patients who have already been diagnosed with cancer cannot be treated effectively and safely."

Shortages at other Gauteng hospitals included:

 - the Steve Biko Academic Hospital's oncology department faced similar problems to the oncology unit at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital; and

 - the Natalspruit Hospital’s only CAT scanner had been out of order since September last year.

"It is clear that the lack of basic resources in our hospitals has reached critical levels," Kopane said.

Comments
  • sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-27 23:05

    It is not the ANC`s fault ! APARTHEID`s fault !! Lol ! F@cken brainless imbeciles ! I hope they all rot in hell !!

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-28 09:49

      No you are wrong it's the West and their bloody agents. They want to make sure we stay poor and marginalised. They don't want us to be a military threat, hahahaha, the latest garbage doing the rounds.....

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-28 09:55

      Almost fell of my chair hahahaha

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-27 23:07

    This is tantamount to murder. All government employees should be compelled to use provincial hospitals. Even Zuma. We'll see action then

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-07-28 01:19

    Apartheids fault, made the people use to better service , medical , educational and economic living standard , than what was possible in other black run African countries ?

      PieterPan - 2012-07-28 13:57

      Wow, apartheid sounds like a dream. I wonder why black people wanted it to stop? After all, they were free to go to all the best hospitals and schools weren't they?

  • kaz.hse.7 - 2012-07-28 04:38

    Wait, they only now realise the South African Healthcare system has a problem? Really, you've have had your heads in the sand this long? The SA Healthcare system has spiraled out of control for more than just a few years now, it needs a total overhaul! Jhb hospitals went from the best in the country (when I did my internship) to the laughing stock of the continent in no time flat. Thank you Mr. President, you and your Soviet trained and qualified ministers yet again managed to take a world class service and reduce it to something a 4th world country would be ashamed to have.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-07-28 06:01

    It would be better to denationalise all health care on government grant. We even see it world wide. There was one nurse in Sabie State Hospital called Elizabeth who turned up for work during the 2010 strike who said "I could not stay away before God."

  • susan.fraser.182 - 2012-07-28 06:49

    I had difficulty in breathing and could not sleep more than 2 hours a night. I also had a persistent cough and felt the world was just on top of me. One night after gasping for air for more than 3 hours I got myself to the local hospital where I waited for 3 hours before I saw the doctor. By now my blood pressure was sky high as I could not breathe at all. The doctor on duty looked at my file and said your BP is high you must change your tablets. If only he had bothered to pick up his stethoscope and listened to my lungs and heart he would have found out that I have heart failure. I took me another 3 weeks to get to a private doctor who diagnosed my problem and said to me you do not have 6 months to wait to get on the provincial hospital’s waiting list. You want to hear horror stories go and sit in that waiting room.

  • mullervince - 2012-07-28 07:24

    Please investigate the compentancy of some of the matrons and management.

  • felican - 2012-07-28 07:53

    AND THIS IS ONLY BEEN NOTICED NOW when the Stallions have bolted and covered the prize Mares? Is this now bleating echoing throughout.. \r\n\r\nTHIS has been going on with more gusto and increase since about 1998 and now because things are so bad, it is 'trying' to be 'fixed'.\r\n\r\nYou don't try and fix something that is not broken, was an old saying.. And the system was not - but yes was allowed to be mis-handled and cracks allowed to appear, which when pointed out at that time should have been repaired immediately...\r\n\r\nOh yes indeed sometimes it is indeed:\r\nA lttle too little - A little too late...

  • pws69 - 2012-07-28 08:04

    Yup, NHI is going to work REALLY well. I've maintained from the start that NHI is just another ANC crony get rich scheme. They've plundered to fiscus into serious debt, and now need new sources of taxes to keep up there accelerating theft of OUR tax money. You have to be dumber than mud to vote ANC.

  • anele.cweya - 2012-07-28 08:26

    How about making policy dat says NO member of parlament,premiers,mayors up to the bloody lazy councilar include their children are allowed to use,private hospitals and schools? The may only use public,JUST ASKING THOUGH

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-28 10:29

      Absolutely valid. Agree100%

  • lana.crous - 2012-07-28 08:33

    I hope that the investigation won't stop in the city. The Suybrand Van Niekerk hospital in Carletonville where I live has no equipment to speak of and cannot even treat people who have been in an accident. The 'suicide' rate at the hospital is through the roof and no amount of complaining to the MEC has had any effect. We have almost weekly news stories in the local newspaper about horrible service, corruption and other irregularities at the hospital, but it seems no one is interested in investigating.

      peter.grant.1023611 - 2012-07-28 15:17

      it wont even start

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-28 09:16

    I am a pensioner and I live in an area where there is a government hospital that you would die rather than go there. Its filthy I am a pensioner and am battling to keep up my medical aid subscription which has become more than half my income. The reason, for this is in our area the government hospital is not I place I would like to find myself in. Its so filthy, it starts as you enter the gate its delapidated and the nursing care leaves much to be desired. The old folks spend long hours playing musical chairs they get shipped from pillar to post to seek medical attention and collect medicines. I do believe that if Government Officials and their families and all people paid by the state should attend government hospital, it falls under the state, so therefore they are state patients. Sure we will see hospital of the very best appear. Yet again, I suppose these officials and their families will jump the queue in every way possible.

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