No need for hospital administration, says DoH

2018-06-21 06:00

THE KWAZULU-NATAL Department of Health has denied claims that certain hospitals, including district hospital Murchison Hospital, will be placed under administration, as has been widely circulated by opposition parties.

Earlier this week, the Democratic Alliance KZN spokesperson on Health, Dr Imran Keeka, said the DA had been “reliably informed” by a senior source within KZN Department of Health that five hospitals in the province are to be placed under administration by the department in a bid to improve years of appalling services to patients.

Among the hospitals listed was RK Khan in Durban, Northdale in Pietermaritzburg, Ngwelezane in Empangeni,

Murchison in Port Shepstone, and Ladysmith Hospital.

In his statement, Dr Keeka said the DA welcomed the intervention, adding that it was long overdue.

While the DA has been able to confirm that a task team, led by Dr A Pillay and Dr Makhanya, will be arriving in the province shortly we do not have any information around the starting date or the duration of the administration period,” said Dr. Keeka.

The Department of Health has, however, called Keeka’s bluff, saying that the claims could not be any further from the truth.

“The KZN DoH notes, with concern, false and deliberately misleading allegations by a political party whereby it is claimed that five KZN hospitals are to be placed under administration,” said spokesperson Agiza Hlongwane.

On the contrary, he said, the National DoH has launched an initiative to identify and address challenges within healthcare services in the country and asked each province to identify five facilities to take part in the initiative. The list on Dr. Keeka’s statements was KZN’s submission for the initiative.

“This initiative is a response by a caring and responsive Government in its quest to improve the provision of healthcare services, with a particular focus on addressing challenges such as waiting times, staff shortages, availability of hospital beds, overcrowding, and the clearance of patient backlogs, particularly at the casualty areas,” said Hlongwane

“These support teams will work closely with their counterparts at provincial, district and facility levels and will present reports to the provincial Heads of Department,” he said.

... the claims could not be any further from the truth. “The KZN DoH notes, with concern, false and deliberately misleading allegations by a political party whereby it is claimed that five KZN hospitals are to be placed under administration,” said DoH spokesperson Agiza Hlongwane.

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