Reaction: DA calls for Nkonyeni’s suspension

2008-12-10 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for the immediate suspension of KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni and for the intervention of Health Minister Barbara Hogan.

DA spokeswoman Margaret Ambler-Moore says this is not just because a cloud hangs over Nkonyeni’s head after she was charged yesterday in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court with corruption, but because of all the problems due to the massive over-expenditure in the provincial Health Department.

“The department is in tatters after four years under Nkonyeni. Prince Mshiyeni ICU has allegedly closed its doors and the paediatric ICU ward in Grey’s remains closed,” Ambler-Moore said.

Ambler-Moore added that the Emergency Medical Rescue Service (EMRS) is also practically non-existent in the province.

“The bottom line is that if a major medical crisis, such as the Mariannhill train disaster, hit KwaZulu-Natal, the EMRS would be totally unable to cope,” said Ambler-Moore.

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