Grey's Hospital: Children’s ICU closure is temporary, says MEC

2008-11-13 00:00

The closure of Grey’s Hospital paediatric intensive care unit (ICU) is temporary and has nothing to do with the department’s over-expenditure. This assurance was given to the public by Health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni yesterday.

She also said elective surgery in the province’s state hospitals will not be stopped, but all surgery will be prioritised according to the availability of beds.

She said that to her knowledge, the paediatric ICU was closed while awaiting the appointment of staff and in this period it will be renovated. It is expected to be expanded into a neo-natal unit as well as a paediatric ICU.

“We have no intention of closing the unit down. Whatever is happening there is an internal arrangement by Grey’s management. We have not instructed them to close down,” Nkonyeni said.

Nkonyeni assured the public that her department is doing its best to ensure that service delivery is not compromised. “I’ve read a lot of articles saying that there is a lot of pressure on hospital managers. We are of the view that health is not collapsing and is not in crisis. … we do not intend closing down any of the health institutions in an endeavour to save funds,” she said.

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