MEC summons hospital CEOs to overhaul service

2010-07-19 00:00

PLANS to improve health outcomes were unveiled when chief executive officers of all hospitals around the province were summoned to Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital by Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo on Friday.

The purpose of the gathering was to unveil the MEC’s vision for improving health outcomes and to outline what managers and staff are expected to do in their respective hospitals.

The visit follows the redeployment of four hospital CEOs in the eThekwini district.

“The most significant health care leadership challenge of our time is how to provide leadership for improving healthcare quality. What is clear for this government is that effective, lasting change requires the innovative redesign of systems.

“We have committed ourselves to focusing on improving outcomes for the province’s most pressing health problems” said Dhlomo.

Among other key issues the MEC addressed were the reprioritisation of infrastructure development to relieve pressure from district hospitals, the revival of district obstetrics support services to provide support to clinics and community health centres, and the fast-tracking of midwifery training through the support of international donor organisations.

“Our goal is to provide safe, reliable, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, patient-centred care. Most of the district hospitals provide extended services due to the large catchment areas feeding the hospitals.

“Mahatma Gandhi and Prince Mshiyeni memorial hospitals were built to provide district health service, but due to the large population they serve, they now also provide regional health servi­ces,” said Dhlomo.

He said this leads to a number of problems, including poor outcomes in maternal and child health, long queues, poor cleanliness and low staff morale due to the work overload.

“We are looking at taking back cleaning and security services under our control, by having those doing the jobs on our payroll. We will be able to monitor their performance and they will do things according to our standards.”

He added that those CEOs removed from their positions had not been demoted, and the move was aimed at improving services at hospitals. .

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