Durban hospital outsources laundry

2012-09-21 18:00

Durban - Durban's Addington Hospital has been granted permission to outsource its laundry, KwaZulu-Natal's health portfolio committee was told on Friday.

A linen shortage at the hospital was caused by washing machines breaking down at the provincial health department's Sea Cow Lake laundry.

During a visit to the hospital, Dr Thokozani Mhlongo, the province's deputy director general of health, told the committee the outsourcing should alleviate the situation until new laundries were opened next year at Prince Mshiyeni Hospital.

Earlier this month, KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo admitted that the department had neglected the laundry services at provincial hospitals.

The Mercury newspaper reported that all provincial hospitals were battling to get clean operating theatre linen.

Doctors at Addington Hospital in Durban reportedly threatened to close down operating theatres if the health department did not act to provide clean linen.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-21 18:33

    Just as a mater of interest; how often did this happen before 1994?

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-21 18:54

      The laundry machines are over 50 years old and there are no parts, they have to be manuf. and there are little/no skills to help with the maintenance. This was noted as far back as 1996 and again in 2010. So whilst now they have finally addressed the effect, nothing is being done about the cause. Those machines that are working are also circa 50+ yrs old. So great energy and water guzzlers too.

  • goldwright - 2012-09-21 19:24

    Honestly, is this any surprise? Mayors and politicians live on their inflated salaries, swan around in luxury cars, driven by chauffeurs, accompanied by bodyguards and the sparkly blue lights....... My neighbour makes millions selling flipping office furniture to gvt depts, because they all want THE best for their offices - and that is the mentality, got to look important in your conditioned offices while on the ground, in gvt hospitals, schools, police stations etc, things are just falling apart...... Still viva South Africa? Yeah, right......

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-09-21 20:11

    What a balls up. More tax payers money being spent on a service provider to do what the government should be doing. I bet its gone to one of their cronies as well.

      Kenny Grass - 2013-04-27 17:45

      Showerheads got a new laundry at his kraal.

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-09-21 20:12

    What a balls up. More tax payers money being spent on a service provider to do what the government should be doing. I bet its gone to one of their cronies as well.

  • henk63 - 2012-09-22 08:51

    And the rot continues.......

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-23 22:21

    I hate the word cant but these okes simply cant manage a damn thing thing its been scientifically proven.

  • maureen.dutoit.5 - 2012-11-07 13:46

    The photo accompanying the article is not of Addington Hospital. A co-worker was admitted there and I visited her a few times. I was horrified at the conditions,not even 3rd world, possibly the worst you could possibly get. We had to fight to get her treatment for her breast cancer (we were told the pharmacy had run out of chemo.)She was sent home and told she would be phoned when stocks arrived. She had to be re-admitted when the breast cancer spread to her lungs. She passed away in October at the age of 36. If I was her family I would sue the health dept for mal-practice and willful negligence.

  • Del Pearson - 2013-05-18 10:45

    Surely there is enough laundry in each hospital for each to have a laundry. Making each hospital accountable for their stock and cleanliness or is this just too much work. Why wait, this may cost a little more due to the fact that people need to operate it, but this is one way to create employment. However, the only time anything will work again is when people with the correct criteria for the job are employed.

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