Durban hospital ambulances sans sirens

2012-08-07 22:39

Durban - Ambulances at the Prince Mshiyeni Hospital in Umlazi were in a poor state, the IFP in KwaZulu-Natal said on Tuesday.

"When the IFP leaders conducted an inspection of the ambulances, they were shocked to find that the Advanced Life Support vehicle had no sirens, no hooters, and only red lights," IFP health spokesperson Dr Usha Roopnarain.

Four IFP leaders went to visit the hospital after receiving complaints from the public.

Roopnarain said Automated External Defibrillator (AED) monitors in all the new ambulances were not working, and the staff did not know how to use the monitors.

"Many vehicles were not roadworthy, with some ambulances having braking problems, and tyres in a poor condition," he said.

Roopnarain said there were huge shortages of equipment, staff, linen and surgical supplies. Only seven ambulance units were operational at the hospital.

Provincial health spokesperson Desmond Motha said the department distributed 292 ambulances in June.

Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo was on a roadshow visiting all districts and speaking to Emergency Medical Rescue Services personnel with the view to bring back discipline, commitment to service, and dedication, Motha said.

On Tuesday, he visited Stanger and Empangeni.

He had already been to two districts, namely Sisonke (Ixopo) and Ugu (Port Shepstone).

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-07 23:08

    ANC you should hang your heads in shame...! You are a useless bunch of buffoons that could not even run a hotdog stand properly! This is despicable when you allow vital health services to plunge into decay..! Do you the ANC have NO self respect?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-07 23:17

      Good idea (head hanging shame). But first they would have to apply their collective minds - could take a while

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-08-08 01:06

      And this is the new South-Africa? Wow seems like the ANC are really doing a great. NOT.

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-08 07:11

      Is this what Mandela and co fought and gave their freedom for?

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-08-08 07:28

      Agree with you Bob. However this is an AFRICA problem. Compare the efficiency (sic!) of our emergency medical personnel and services with that of the "first world". What a joke ours are - of course that's a generalisation and I'm sure there are perhaps a mere handful who have some sort of professional attitude but have to deal with corrup[t and useless support and administration. In Africa one's chances of survival following an accident is close to zero.

      jaap.kotze - 2012-08-08 07:29

      To run a hotdog stand, you need to be able to plan, count, and calculate! ANC?

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-08 09:24

      Is the president not supposed to discipline his ministers when things like this happen? Zuma is a really poor president!!!!

      mholthuysen - 2012-08-08 16:02

      ANC - do you want to blame Verwoerd for this as well?

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-08-09 15:36

      Yep. They have plenty of SELF respect but none for anyone or anything else. I'm sure everyone has noticed that it is pre-election time.... hence the visit to Port Shepstone, Stanger, Ixopo and Empangeni.... One wonders if he'll have enough energy to go anywhere else?

      Raymond - 2012-08-09 18:22

      Hot dogs are rubbish as well!

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-07 23:56

    Good grief! This is frightening - every department run by the state is in crisis!! Has there been any positive contribution at all made by the ANC?

      warren.slater.353 - 2012-08-08 00:36

      I find this very offensive. Not every dept is in crisis. Since when has SARS not run as a smoothly oiled machine?

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-08 07:17

      @Gollum, it seems that they are very good at collecting money,but spending it wisely is a challenge.

      Tony - 2012-08-08 07:48

      @gollum - you obviously do not run a business and have the constant problems with incompetent staff at SARS that I have - personal tax as well. No wonder their collections are so high, they use an idiotic call centre to keep you away from the auditors who might be able to assess properly.

      warren.slater.353 - 2012-08-08 21:08

      @ Jo That was precisely my point but many people don't see the sarcasm unless one points it out. @ Tony In fact I do run a business and have done so for 18 years. You obviously haven't heard of efiling. Never had any problems...the grabbing hand is quick and has a strong grip.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-08-09 15:39

      Yes! The MPs and all those VIPs are all much better dressed, much fatter, much richer and apparently much sleepier.

  • - 2012-08-08 00:06

    What a surprise. Not only does the ANC fail at providing basic education, they fail at everything else. Talk about a Reverse Midas Touch. But hey, it would be too much for them to admit their failure, rather just blame it on the previous regime. That is so much easier that defending their own incompetence.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-08 03:39

    C'mon you bunch of incompetent ANC assh*les..blame yet another of your failures on APARTHEID !! The ANC is even incapable of arranging a shag in a wh*rehouse not to talk about sirens for ambulances !!

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-08 04:07

      I think the sad part is that the poor was better off under apartheid than they are now. All that the ANC gave them was the right to vote, and a handfull of the inner circle black elite the opportunity to enrich themselves. The ANC is a spent force, they are contributing nothing to the country in fact they are destroying it.

      tw2066 - 2012-08-08 05:43

      devon, spot on. I hear this often in Mpumalanga and in KZN, talking one on one with my mates. But they wouldn't dare to openly say this for fear of ANC intimidation or victimisation. They bemoan the youth and the ANC, but tell me its like the Union, closed shop and membership is mandatory. Many have gone backward since '94 and would rather live without a vote, than vote without a living.

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-08 07:22

      @Gerald Jordaan - Arranging a shag in a wh*rehouse?Yes they are very good at that. Look at Zuma and his many shags.

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-08-08 04:35

    Of course SARS is the only state dept doing its job, that's where the money comes from that they steal to fund their super rich life styles. Bunch of thieves and robbers

  • dennisthulani.molife - 2012-08-08 05:31

    Being a health worker myself Im ashamed to be associated with the ANC.

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-08 05:39

    Blame Verwoerd, he should have bought sirens that last 1000years!! The racist ANC regime will never take responsibility for its ineptitudes!!

  • hans.olsen.798 - 2012-08-08 05:51

    This is what happens when un-qualified people take charge, they don't give a dam obout anyone but them selves. What a shame!

  • ian.harrison.52035 - 2012-08-08 06:04

    "bring back discipline, commitment to service and dedication". That starts at school level and we all know there is none of that any more at Government schools. So he has a fat chance.

  • jimi.harrison.7 - 2012-08-08 06:29

    They were last serviced in March 1994.....

  • neels.bohr - 2012-08-08 06:32

    I used to repair Provincial Government Ambulances and Passenger Transport Vehicles in Natal in the early 90's. We NEVER had issues like this. This is just another example of the poor management and poor forward planning so typical of the ANC.

  • nico.loubser.9 - 2012-08-08 07:00

    But all the money goes to salaries. Nothing left for anything else. The pockets need to be filled first. Stuff the rest. Vote again ANC and die.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-08 07:11

    Holding any cooshy position with power and status in our so called goverment,,, that, if anything does happend and these people need medicle assistance. They would in no doubt be charted in a nice private ambulance. So this does not effect the elite few.

  • paddy.nolan.14 - 2012-08-08 07:17

    If only a simple Toyota and a commensurate salary to the IQ had been given instead of a luxury car and millions pa we might have had some of MY money left to spend on where I thought it should be going.......

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-08-08 07:41

    This is the result of incompetence being in charge , don't these people feel embarrassed when there huge salary is paid in monthly and they know they did not earn it ? actually i don't think they feel anything as they believe they are doing a great job and the people must just be happy with the poor service , this is the story of South Africa at the moment unfortunately , please vote theses people out

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-08-08 07:41

    what a pathetic story.

  • smaelane - 2012-08-08 07:45

    How can u not know how to use an AED?? It's Automated for f***sakes!! *facepalm!! It's like working at a till and not knowing how to use a cash register! Durbanites - good luck!!

  • tau.tshepo.3 - 2012-08-08 08:08

    It is unfortunate that the people who fight for the struggle are not attended by public facilities , they affort private services and it is for that reason that today you still see communities boycoting and protesting for basic services. I hold thet view that the struggle is not improving the lives of the poor, but to enrich those who were born at the right time and by the right famalies. When are we going to end this selfish enrichment struggle?

      luke.dekoker - 2012-08-08 08:35

      tautshepo, "When are we going to end this selfish enrichment struggle?" My recommendation is to vote AGAINST the CancER click.

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-08-08 08:44

    Sheesh - when the service was still under control of the old NPA (Natal Prov. Admin) we were not allowed to use a vehicle that was not in 100% running - and equipped - order. Even if it was not 100% clean inside and out, the same rule applied. And when your shift (usually 12 hours) came to an end, you had to hand the vehicle over to the next crew in the same condition you took over from the previous crew. Any violation of those rules - you found yourself on the mat and getting a tongue-lashing yoyu never forgot!!! But then - those were the 'bad old days of the hated apartheid system,' weren't they? After all, today the 'peepul' are free - yes, free to misrule as they see fit, rob, murder, commit fraud, let everything run to rack and ruin... Ah-well, who am I to complain - I only worked under a system that WORKED WELL, but thank heavens, I am no longer a member of the labour force...

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-08-08 08:53

    I can well understand this!! Emergency Services are still the "Orphans" in municipalities and provincial governments. It is high time that the Insurance companies (short term & life) and the public take legal action against these authorities whenever there is loss of life, pain and suffering or loss of property due to poor to no service.

  • deepchund.ramchurren - 2012-08-08 18:19

    At least the ambulances haven't been stripped for taxi spares. As for the defective tyres, it's probably an inside job swopping tyres. The AED monitors were not working - did she check the electronics were still intact and not stripped and sold to the scrapyards. It won't be long before we have wheelbarrows or stolen Checkers trolleys fitted with vuvuzelas as sirens to replace ambo's. GOD save SA.

  • zell.leroux - 2012-08-09 10:31

    They should go visit the RK Khan hospital. They are just as bad

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-08-09 15:32

    Maybe they can borrow some sirens or blue flashing lights from the Bully Boys' Brigade....

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-09-10 14:45

    wonder who they going to blame for this f@#k-up, maybe apartheid. shame this dead guy gets all the credit for the anc's bolls-up.

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