Durban’s Addington Hospital finally appoints CEO

2013-08-07 00:00

A CEO has finally been appointed to permanently manage the beleagured Addington Hospital in Durban.

The appointment of Dr Mthetheleli Ndlangisa was announced at the health portfolio committee in the KZN Legislature yesterday by head of department Sibongile Zungu.

“It is a challenging hospital. It has for many years not been stable in terms of leadership,” Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo said.

“We hope other members in leadership will support him and make him able to carry on with his task as expected,” Dhlomo said.

Until his appointment, Ndlangisa, who completed his medical degree in 2003, had been a senior manager for medical services at R.K. Khan Hospital in Durban. He had previously worked as a medical manager at Greytown Hospital.

Last year the department recruited Dr Kobus Kotze, regarded as “Mr Fixit” for his sterling work in the Eastern Cape.

Kotze left within days of reporting for duty at Addington.

At the time, the hospital was expected to undergo a turnaround plan following a forensic audit conducted by Ernst & Young in 2009/10 that uncovered fraud and corruption, among other problems.

The hospital has experienced many problems since the retirement of its CEO in 2011. The medical manager had been suspended for alleged fraudulent activities and 11 staff members in the supply chain unit had been suspended after corruption was uncovered.

Ndlangisa’s appointment has been slightly tainted with the announcement that two of the hospital’s senior managers were moving to other provinces.

King Edward VIII CEO Dr Hugh Gosnell and district health services general manager Dr Mandla Mhlongo were appointed heads of departments for Gauteng and Mpumalanga respectively.

He expressed his concern that the positions were unlikely to be filled any time soon. “If we can’t, we just have to make do with what we have. These are very senior positions.”

He urged the portfolio committee to be understanding if the positions were not filled within five to nine months. “Its going to be difficult to make a career move at this time,” he said referring to the possible change in political leadership next year when a new MEC may be appointed.

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