E Cape health not in crisis - dept

2012-06-30 07:27

Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape health department on Friday denied claims that it was unable to maintain medical equipment at state hospitals in the province.

"We are still in a position to maintain medical equipment at hospitals," said spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo.

He was responding to a report in the Dispatch Online, which claimed there was a funding crises relating to revitalisation projects and that some projects had already ground to a halt.

The website said the department was even struggling to fix broken air-conditioners in operating theatres.

"Revitalisation projects are at risk. There's just no money," acting head of infrastructure Mlamli Tuswa was quoted as saying.

The report claimed the department faced a R22bn infrastructure and maintenance backlog, which was crippling service delivery.

The figure had increased by R3bn in the past six months alone, leaving the department struggling to maintain its 1 200 facilities across the province, it said.

Kupelo said: "The issues are receiving attention.

"The report in the Dispatch was meant for the national standing committee on health.

"It was an internal document and this could have possible implications."

  • Hermann - 2012-06-30 07:33

    Always the same denial "there is no crisis", because they are aware of shortcomings. Once they are aware the crisis disappears. My, my!

      sedick.gydien - 2012-06-30 10:53

      They are correct. There is no crisis. They are beyond the crisis stage.....

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-06-30 12:09

      The anc is the crisis and the circus

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-06-30 07:43

    So, the doctors, nurses, patients, everyone else is lying??? No, don't think so, this is the remarks of idiots, don't know what is going on. Or is it the other big factor, the new South Africa bee management problem?? Could only be one of the two.

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-06-30 07:44

    Just admit there is a problem and that you need help... Yes people will judge you but being in denial about things and let the problem continue isn't helping much... Admit and fix the mess now you created. I really want these criminals in jail.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-06-30 07:56

    Yeah right.

  • Ryno - 2012-06-30 08:26

    first the educatiion system in PE, now the hospitals...the black hole is getting bigger and bigger

      harley.quin.334 - 2012-06-30 10:37

      don't you know that calling it a 'black' hole is racist? Should call it a 'previously disadvantaged' hole

  • susan.pretorius.31 - 2012-06-30 08:48

    Buying biljon rands planes is far more important than maintaining hospitals...

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-06-30 09:52

      2bn loan to swaziland, 2bn to IMF, and 2bn for showerhead's new 300 seater plane...that's 6bn that could have been used in SA for SA's you have to be absolutely stupid to not see what is happening.

      Johan De Beer - 2012-06-30 17:56

      No, bomb, that was $2b, not R2b to the IMF

  • kosmonooit - 2012-06-30 08:54

    Ignorance is certain not bliss in these circumstances!

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-30 09:10

    Internal matter = secret - nobody should talk about this outside.

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-06-30 09:12

    'E Cape doctors not paid for 6 months R9bn needed to fill E Cape health posts R200m fraud at E Cape health department' gordhan is this a lie? lets hear your input.

  • Jennifer - 2012-06-30 09:13

    What happened to the billions and billions in taxes that should have been paying for this? ANC keeps people in the gutters with their lies

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-30 09:15

    I worked for Public Works Eastern Cape and there was already a CRISIS IN 1998 !!!

  • Erna - 2012-06-30 09:26

    The anc cadres living up to their motto - the one is lying and the other one is denying. Now we just need one of them to say that the Dispatch on line is taking it out of context and that it wasn't meant like that!

  • hendrikvs - 2012-06-30 09:32

    What a circus!

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-06-30 09:46

    Typical denial response. Why do these twits keep telling blatant lies when we all know that the EC health department IS is crisis? Sizwe Kupelo, we are not all mindless sheep like the ANC electorate!

  • sgqwede - 2012-06-30 09:50

    Bullcrap! Every govt department in the EC is in some sort crisis.

  • eric.schollar - 2012-06-30 09:52

    Yes comrade Kupelo, we all beieve everything you say!

  • crdmorley - 2012-06-30 10:47

    Which medical aid is he on and which Private Hospital does he use?

  • stanley.marries - 2012-06-30 13:39

    It's not only the Eastern Cape,but the whole damn country's health that is in crisis..this government's standards must be very low if they say crap like this!!!

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