Did hospital turn away Corrie Sanders?

2012-09-26 07:40

Johannesburg - Claims are being probed that boxer Corrie Sanders was turned away from the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria after being shot, a health official said on Tuesday.

"Kalafong and Dr George Mukhari Hospitals are the referral hospitals for patients from the North West province because of their proximity to that province," Gauteng health spokesperson Simon Zwane said.

"There is however no policy allowing patients in emergency situations to be turned away."

The 46-year-old Sanders was at the Thatch Haven Country Lodge, in Brits, on Saturday celebrating his nephew's 21st birthday when armed men arrived and randomly fired shots.

Sanders, who was shot in the hand and stomach, died at the Kalafong hospital on Sunday.

The Democratic Alliance said he was refused treatment at Steve Biko hospital, according to the Sanders family.

Calls for an inquiry

"It is possible that his life could have been saved if he was treated at the specialist facilities at Steve Biko, rather than the lower-level Kalafong Hospital which has a poor reputation," MPL Jack Bloom said in a statement.

Zwane said the department believed Sanders was given appropriate treatment at Kalafong Hospital.

The DA was calling for an inquiry into the matter.

Bloom said sources had told him that North West ambulances were regularly turned away from the hospital.

"People often lie that they have been injured in Gauteng in order to get admitted there," he said.

The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) on Tuesday reminded health care practitioners that they were obliged during emergency situations to stabilise patients.

Ethical responsibility

"Section 27 of the Constitution, the National Health Act, as well as the HPCSA's ethical guidelines clearly states that a health care provider may not refuse a person emergency medical treatment," CEO Dr Buyiswa Mjamba-Matshoba said in a statement.

"The council therefore wishes to remind all health care practitioners of this ethical responsibility."

Mediclinic on Tuesday said Sanders was never brought to one of its hospitals.

"Many mistakenly believe that Mr Sanders was taken to a Mediclinic Hospital and refused access," the hospital group said in a statement.

"We would like to state categorically that he was not taken to Mediclinic Brits or any other Mediclinic hospital."

Sanders, who was nicknamed "The Sniper" in his fighting days, was one of South Africa's most successful boxers on the global stage.

He won the WBO title and held his own against some of the most respected boxers in the world.

The heavyweight southpaw, who was trained by Harold Volbrecht, fought 46 times in his career, losing only four bouts.

  • veldt66 - 2012-09-26 07:50

    Sounds like USA where patients ar turned away from hospitals if they don`t have credit cards.

      johnnie.walker.7503314 - 2012-09-26 08:30

      @veld66: In New Jersey where I live, it is law that a hospital MUST treat an emergency regardless the financial status of the patient. Don't know where you got your facts.

      ludlowdj - 2012-09-26 08:56

      The practice in the US does not extend to emergencies, only routine visits etc, same as here

      ian.flack2 - 2012-09-26 09:04

      Some people argue from a point of ignorance...........

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-09-26 09:30

      Yeah, this is not true. In fact, as a student in the US, I could get very good emergency medical care for a high price and then get it written off for being a student. I never took this option as it is costly to the health system, but it should tell you they don't turn emergencies away. They could get sued for doing that.

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-26 10:08

      I dont think you will be able to point out the us on a map never mind know their policy's

      silindile.mabaso.9 - 2012-09-26 10:12

      Just as it is the LAW in SA to stabilise patients in emergency situations. As you can see hospitals don't always obey the law and get away with it because people don't know their rights.

      Johnnie - 2012-09-26 15:00

      By the way veldt66, New Jersey is one of the fifty states of the USA. Forgot to point that out to you in my original post.

      mattewis.kat - 2012-09-27 06:59

      To think this happens every single day to hundreds of "unknown" people. Greedy and incompetent health care idiots are just stalling for time until everybody forgets and the media loses interest. The medi-clinics can carry on running their "businesses" building their wealth, and the government hospital staff can go back to sleep!

      gloria.somersall - 2012-09-27 21:58

      I wonder where in USA are referring to, where for, God's sake exactly ?

      gloria.somersall - 2012-09-27 22:07

      Where in the USA have you seen that happen, for God's sake where exactly ? I don't think that's true but correct me if I'm outdated.

  • beach.cherry - 2012-09-26 07:53

    Er... I'm beginning to think of Rwanda... "randomly shooting" = Genocide.

      beach.cherry - 2012-09-26 08:07

      It seems as private hospitals is notting more than just a business. What happened to the days when students studied medicine because they care? And Didn't doctors take an oath to help the ill? Or did they take an oath to make more money? Seems as being a doctor or nurse in SA is more like a money making hobby. I think each and everyone one, should go for CPR courses/training. Husband, wife, children, aunt, uncle. Every family member should know how to perform CPR or know First aids. Cause while you waiting for an ambulance, you would at least know how to keep the person breathing.

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-26 08:10

    We need to take to the streets and protest.

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-26 10:08

      Your ass wil be fired 1 2 3 if you stay away from work.

  • Pagel - 2012-09-26 08:13

    I have always liked Corrie Sanders. Bit ironic though that all of a sudden people being turned away at hospitals because they are not in the area and/or does not have a medical aid is an issue because he was well known. It happens all the time and just as this is extremely sad, so is somebody else's loved one (who is not well known) that passes away because he/she was refused treatment.

      Nads - 2012-09-26 08:49

      Completely agree, but it is good that the spotlight is now placed on those hospitals. Maybe this will save lives in the future?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-09-26 09:37

      Pagel this is one of the advantages of having well known and loved people. If it was just you or me the red tape would have swallow our complain, but seeing it was a known person we suddenly have the news, politics, nation etc. behind our claims. We need to use this "ride" to shown out the wrongs and pressure the system to make it easier for us "normal" people again.

  • susan.paul.330 - 2012-09-26 08:13

    Does it matter where a person lives?someone had been shot?

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-09-26 08:19

    The neoliberal and the rightwingers can now join us, in supporting Mr. Aron Motsoaledi to fasttrack NHI. None of this could have happened!

      christian.denyschen - 2012-09-26 08:32

      Will never work under the anc don't fool yourself here and I'm not saying it will work under the da, my biggest concern is that only 5 to 10 percent of the country will pay for the nhi what about the rest? Its the same with service delivery where only a small portion of the country pay for the services and the anc steals half of it that's why service delivery is so poor in this country. You sound like an educated person so this shouldn't be so difficult to understand.

      gary.bloom.967 - 2012-09-26 08:55

      See the NHI in South Africa for what it excuse to tax the already small tax base even more. The NHI is going to be even less effective than the current public healthcare system.

      ludlowdj - 2012-09-26 09:01

      the problem is that hospitals are business's and no longer consider a human life to be worth anything unless backed up with finances, or in this case specialized cases, the "Hypocrites Oath" has been regarded as a joke for years and will continue to be a "traditional" hold over from better days that has no meaning or validity in the modern world. NHI will not change anything, it is no intended to improve anything and will never be anything more than another revenue stream to fill the personal accounts of government organised criminals.

      Savourcard - 2012-09-26 09:35

      If you would like to see how the NHI will really operate (pardon pun) go to OR Tambo district in Eastern Cape where the pilot can't even get off the ground yet. The panacea of "free medical care" for all may sound wonderful -- until there is no money to pay medical workers, buy medicines or equip hospitals. By then it may be too late -- the communist ANC govt would have destroyed private healthcare completely.

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-26 10:09

      yeah maybe we can covince them to transplant a dove's brain into that open spot between your ears , Maybe you can also think a bit ?

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-09-27 16:48

      It's barely working in the UK and they have a massive tax base. What chance do we have of pulling it off? Our economy will not be able to cope with everyone spending all day waiting to be seen in doctor's offices, hospitals and clinics. I lived there for five years and even with an appointment made months in advance you'd sit and wait.. and wait. But private health care in this country is getting out of hand cost-wise. We are being abused. I got talked into have a colonoscopy for no reason. And the medical aid covered less than half. Its just a money-making racket.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-09-26 08:23

    away with private institutions away we deserv equal treatment

      brenton.tyrrell - 2012-09-26 09:22

      Whipping out your begging bowl again, Obadia? Try earning the right to be there instead of always demanding. Why don't you try getting equal treatment in a country like Somalia. Living in a western country is great, because you can abuse a first world system and still retain your third world values. Bonehead!

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-26 10:10

      You will never get eqaul treatment live with it your anc only cares about one thing $$$$$

  • kevin.moreland2 - 2012-09-26 08:26

    cause he was white ....if it were a black guy they wouldn't have refused him these docters are a bunch of Hippocrates!!!

      ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-09-26 08:34

      not hippocrates but racists!!!!!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-09-26 08:33

    Doctors and nurses work in the Emergency room treating patients - the decision where to take patients is made by administrators and the ambulance staff.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-09-26 09:42

      True, but if you see the way these ambulance people gets treated/told what to do, because they bring a patient with no medical fund to these private hospitals, you will also understand why they go for a gov. one 1st.

  • JournoSergio - 2012-09-26 08:38

    So at the end of the day the question remains: WHAT is going to be done about this?

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-26 10:11

      Nothing like the past 20 years

  • Judy - 2012-09-26 08:45

    The other question is. Why the random shooting. Was it really random? and National Health will go the same way as the clinic,s - DOWNHILL. We need a tighter control on our hospital funding and administration. Too many light fingers.

      ludlowdj - 2012-09-26 09:04

      The only way to achieve that is to get rid of the ANC, I unfortunately doubt the masses are intelligent enough to realize that, nor will they be for many years to come.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-09-26 08:46

    Just let the man rest in peace. The blame game will dominate the news than mourning this legend!!! Shame on media.

      ludlowdj - 2012-09-26 09:05

      The man is resting in peace, those responsible must be brought to book. You attitude is defeatist.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-09-26 08:46

    What the hell is going on with hospitals???? O You are there to save ppl not turn them away. These hospitals must have the full law thrown at them and thses doctors need to be fired and have there licences taken away. Even the health minister must be had up for this and fired. Its amazing when a criminal scum gets shot he gets top treatment while law abiding citizens get turned away.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-09-26 08:57

    We were turned away from Little Company of Mary after they told the ambulance that they had space. I would not have lost the most important person in my life it is wasn't for that hospital!! Even though it is a private hospital it is still full of lazy incompetent fools! I fully believe that the hospital turned them away, it is just sick that your life is in the hands of people who don't care! The person who turned them away should be held on murder charges.

  • celeste.delange1 - 2012-09-26 09:19

    I was in hospital recently, had to fork out R12000 before I could even get a bed, never mind see a specialist.After 8 months I still get bills for treatments etc I know for a fact that I did not receive! Turns out my medical aid, is nothing but an insurance company that only pays for the odd visit to my GP, and a few hundred rand per day I spend in hospital... that was in Feb, still waiting on the money.. Health care in SA is a disgrace!!

  • ringo.fung.54 - 2012-09-26 09:28

    If the robber got shot he would be treated at steve biko hosp.and he would have a blue light convoy escorting him not to mention 24hr security at the tax payers expense and the shooter would be in jail answering to murder charges,the gov. only looks after the criminals thats how it is in SA!!!

  • marli.eisern - 2012-09-26 10:21

    Only in South Africa can such murderous things happen at any hospital. It appears that Sanders was refused by 2 commercial hospitals in Brits - I wonder which ones- and finally at Biko. The formal and theoretical ethics and moral committee and rules will not help or bring back his life. It should be noted that only money counts and everything else is secondary in Mzansi, in fact this has always been South African culture and practise to be materialistic and self centred just like gang rape, murder, xenophobia, racism, corruption and blaming others for your individual conduct. The sending away will be blamed on the officer at the hospital who will be reprimanded and be told that he "did a good job" and saved the hospital money! So the ANC must quickly get NHI and take what is legally theirs, the money of those who live in ANC country and pay rent and taxes which lawfully belong to the Party. And, look what happens when you practise apostasy - Juju- you will get your day in court and be blacklisted!. So finally the ANC is not so bad at all, at least they commercially don't kill world champions like those 2 hospitals which can not be named!

  • kosta.rika.35574 - 2012-09-26 10:24

    CAN'T fix a broken hospital system in a country run by an incompetent, thieving 3rd-world government ... CAN save innocent lives by executing brutal murderers when found obviously guilty, and thus counter the massive incentive for murder and lawlessness in this country.

  • sibusiso.mkoko - 2012-09-26 17:22

    I find Jack Bloom's comments that his life could've been saved had he been admitted at Steve Biko rather than 'lower' level Kalafong Hospital. Both Hopsital are under one institution, that is UP. The management of gun-shot injuries is the same in both hospitals. The surgery department at both hospitals has well experienced consultants and Professors, and Regisrars for that matter. Mr Sanders was entitled to good treatment, but was not any better than the poor young black guy who was also shot at and sent to Kalafong for treatment. AND NO! Sanders died from his injuries, not because of 'lower' standard of care from Kalafong.This is exactly why the DA will never Rule SA, let alone any other province in SA

      benita.debeer.58 - 2012-09-28 19:46

      Do you have any proof for your allegations?

  • lucky.magagula.3 - 2012-09-27 14:04

    ooh'god c'mon people stop poloticizing the sanders, barbaric murderes let the family mourn their loved one and other people who care about human beings life taken so useless and must work for your fortune and enjoy it later,im sure dr 'bloom' spin can also read this. just stop it'people we all lost corrie he made us proud as south-africans.

  • mphogift.mukwevho - 2012-09-27 14:32


  • sesom - 2012-09-28 10:17

    Mediclinic are a bunch of liers...I was also refused treatment at one of their hospitals.

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