E Cape hospital 'an embarrassment'

2011-07-08 08:08

Queenstown - The CEO of Komani Psychiatric Hospital at Queenstown in the Eastern Cape has been suspended, the Dispatch Online reported on Friday.

Eastern Cape health MEC Sicelo Gqobana visited the hospital on Thursday following reports of gross mistreatment of patients and served CEO Mandisa Oliphant and store manager Khonzisa Pango with letters of intent to suspend them.

He described the hospital as an "embarrassment" to the health department.

His visit came after the Bhisho portfolio committee on health highlighted the dire state of affairs at Komani on Tuesday. The visits by the portfolio committee and the MEC were prompted by a recent Daily Dispatch report on the hospital.

In the report, workers alleged human rights violations, including patients being placed on soup diets, a shortage of beds with some patients sleeping on “floor beds”, and a dysfunctional laundry.

During the MEC’s visit, Komani staff members also said that there was no hot water available.

The MEC was shown a three-litre urn being used to boil water so that 25 patients in one ward could wash.

“This is unbelievable. I just saw storerooms stocked from floor to roof with clothes, food and mattresses and yet these people are left to live like this.

“The management is making the patients even more sick. This is a gross violation of human rights and we can be charged for this by the Human Rights Commission,” said Gqobana.

  • Liberty - 2011-07-08 08:19

    If the ANC regards the hospital as an embarrassment the standards must be fantastically low

      senkgisha - 2011-07-08 09:41

      Remember this is not place for Jacob "showerman" Zuma.Their families are going to private hospitals and tey don't give a s####it about it.He was in Limpopo yesterday checking the hospitals and they directed te useless fool to the one's they know they tried to put everything on it's place before he comes.He should just go to tis places without notifying anyone and that's where is gonna witness the s####it conditions we are living under.

      Afrocentia - 2011-07-08 09:52

      You and your cohorts who agrees with you are highly schizophrenic and myopic and you will continue the rejection for being palookas(@ Liberty being a Palloka from US) in this country because you are never, ever constructive in anything that has to do with the Government of the day. You see everthing that happens in government in terms of the inability of the ANC to govern. If they do nothing about such transgressions, they are inept and if they take action, then "the standards must be fantastically low". This is hypocrisy of the highest order. This is the MEC for ALL the people of the Eastern Cape who suspended those officials. All you hypocrites must wake up to the fact that the ANC has over the past 99 years endeared itself to the majority of the people when it fought and eventually won against your hypocritical great-grandfathers and released the people from the political bondage. Unless you come up with something better, which is to free them from poverty by sharing your ill-gotten wealth, the ANC wiil forever remain in their hearts and you will continue living miserably under its governance.

      Totman - 2011-07-08 10:21

      @ Afrocentia. I can understand your anger with people that are always seeing the negative from the gov, however you must give them some credit as well. Most of the good deeds stay with lip services and they not so good with following promises through. The beloved ANC you describe so well in their good deeds, unfortunately, seems to be dead. Yes, there are even a few good laws they past, but this was still the old ANC. The new boys are not living up to it. Yes, I agree that there are not really answers[from any party] that will immediately address the problems that are currently needing very, very fast answers, but I also know that through lip services we are also getting robbed from a change to find them. If you would like to understand better, read Mr. Moeletsi Mbeki's work. I am standing with him on this.

      Whiskeyjack - 2011-07-08 11:28

      @ Afrocentia Not all white folks give a damn about the ANC, life isn't to bad if you pay for all of your own services and medical. We also don't all live off of "ill-gotten wealth", so get that chip off your shoulder! It's your own brothers and sisters who suffer under their own people, many of them suffering more than they did under Apartheid. It's time you people wise up and realise the world is bored of african excuses.

  • Tommy - 2011-07-08 08:22

    Eish! At least it seems that someone is doing something about it.

  • IandI - 2011-07-08 08:24

    What's new? Most state run hospitals are a big mess anyway. The CEO will probably be on suspension for the next few years while they "investigate".

      Julie - 2011-07-08 08:25

      and get paid while on suspension.....

      Johan - 2011-07-08 08:35

      and be severely promoted in a different department..

      Expat - 2011-07-08 08:46

      Hellooo! The whole country is an embarrassment so what's new. The rot continues

      Mad man - 2011-07-08 09:27

      ANC inherited them being messed up by white apartheid regime, so you must think your bloody psychopath

      Mannie777 - 2011-07-08 09:43

      @ Mad Man: and your black apartheid regime is doing the same right now - two wrongs don't make it right.

      Gazza99 - 2011-07-08 10:22

      @Mad man - “This is unbelievable. I just saw storerooms stocked from floor to roof with clothes, food and mattresses and yet these people are left to live like this. “The management is making the patients even more sick. This is a gross violation of human rights and we can be charged for this by the Human Rights Commission,” said Gqobana. How the hell can you blame apartheid for this, maybe you belong in Komani ....

  • Smindlo - 2011-07-08 08:24

    whatever!!!! most state hospitaals are a shambles!!!

  • LLEWELLYN - 2011-07-08 08:27

    next time vote for the DA not the ANC if you want a change for the best and service delivery.

  • bill - 2011-07-08 08:29

    The ANC is incapable of governing

  • JakibZoomer - 2011-07-08 08:36

    And they want to run the mines and banks, these A-holes can't run a hospital!

      James - 2011-07-08 10:47

      The only thing they can run is a tap, as evidenced by the fact that all township taps are just left running. (This is assuming that the d00ses at the water supply end have managed to keep that working with chicken wire and tape!)

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  • Anonymus - 2011-07-08 08:42

    and they think the NHI will solve all the problems!

  • whatno - 2011-07-08 08:42

    Its good to read about somebody taking responsibility about the stae our hospitals are in, i hope such spot cheecks are done regularly, who knows it might just change the employee's attitudes even. Thak you MEC, your efforts are appreciated.

  • lollie sue - 2011-07-08 08:43

    most hospitals are an embarrassment, not only ECape, at least someone is doing something about it

  • shado - 2011-07-08 08:44

    The way I see it is as follows: 1. Hospital CEO should be business qualified people who will run these hospitals like an efficiently run big business. 2. The CEO should have a budget that is locally controlled within the hospital instead of everything being centralised in PTA. 3. They should be given the power to fire and hire (obviously after following due process). 4. The cleaning employees are government employees, this service should be outsourced to outside companies that that can be fired at anytime if they are not performing. 5. There should be some kind of CSI survey (Customer Satisafction Survey) which are supposed to be conducted by an outside Research company, and the hospital with the highest score can get an incentive eg. more ambulance vehicle or beds etc.

      Wayne - 2011-07-08 08:52

      Definitely one of your better comments, a thumbs up well deserved.

      No8 - 2011-07-08 09:09

      Hospital CEO's should be medical doctors with a MBA degree. Many of them in the market place.

  • Goose - 2011-07-08 08:45

    Don't be unreasonable people, the poor black people in SA should be given at least another 150 years to catch up before expecting any increase in service delivery...

      Ants - 2011-07-08 09:33

      Not enough time Goose ....

      senkgisha - 2011-07-08 09:45

      @Stupid Racist are useless fool like Jacob Zuma!!!

      Totman - 2011-07-08 10:27

      If you really believe so I suggest you go and lay your "golden" eggs in another country. We will do with the normal white or brown ones here at home.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-08 08:47

    The article hasn't called the CEO or store manager by any titles, so one has to wonder: Is either one of them even a qualified psychiatrist or psychologist? If not, why the hell are they even in charge of a psychiatric hospital? And then Gov wonders why it is the way it is. It's because YOU put unqualified people there to run it!! Good on the staff for blowing the whistle. They are obviously more interested in patient welfare than what the bosses are.

  • Tilly - 2011-07-08 08:53

    There is a vast difference between "the old days" and now. Hospital staff had respect, discipline and control, something the majority of the "new SA" totally lack. They have no respect, common sense or regard for human life. Dysfunctional, uneducated people get the jobs and the results speak for themselves.

      Nkulekweni - 2011-07-08 09:27

      Miss Tilly Crass racism is not the answer to our problems. Perhaps it makes you feel good about yourself as an individual, but it certainly, as is made obvious by your intellectually defunct statements, limits your ability to think constructively. Good old days indeed...good old days for whom? Rather ask questions about the CEOs ability to run the hospital, about the government's commitment to providing good health care for everyone..than resorting to hurling racist insults like a two a year having a 17 years old tantrum

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      James - 2011-07-08 10:48

      Service delivery to themselves.....the DA wealthy need to pay for private services.....

  • shado - 2011-07-08 08:55

    @Goose - Why do you have to go there ? Why is this about race? Why are you generalising about black people? Why a prejudicial statement like that? This statement says more about you than black people. You seriously need to check yourself, comments like that do not take this country foward or promote racial harmony.

      Tilly - 2011-07-08 09:22

      @shado I think what @Goose meant is that 9 out of 10 hospital staff (not including doctors and senior staff) are black and we all know that and they do lack service mentality (seen it for myself). More people are dying of hospital related neglect rather than of the "illness" they were admitted for. Unfortunately this country cannot move forward (as you stated you want) due to ignorance of reality and the "light years" gap in mentality.

      Ants - 2011-07-08 09:37

      Not many of the black people have proved themselves - most of our Goverment is wrotten to the core - IS YOUR LIFE REALLY BETTER AFTER DEMOCRACY (PUKE) The basics like schools, hospitals, service delivery has disappeared down the drain - BLACK PEOPLE are heading all of this - it is actually just a case of right and wrong - and where there is wrong, unfortunately there seems to be black? - Sorry, but is is reality!!

  • shado - 2011-07-08 09:07

    @ Expat - Very negative comment and unpatriotic, if the Expat is hort for Expatriation, then good ridence.

  • Toni - 2011-07-08 09:07

    The Eastern cape again! The education system has completely collapsed and now health system is following. What is so wrong with the Eastern cape? The previous bantustans also had problems to provide for their people and apartheid was blamed, now apartheid is gone but services are still worse than before. Is this the way of things to come for the rest of South Africa

  • amdisgusted - 2011-07-08 09:15

    CEO and Store Manager will be suspended - most probably with pay at the taxpayers' expense - this is call reward for 'bad behaviour'. Surely there are inspectors in the health department that is supposed to do visits to hospitals to ensure they are doing what needs to be done! If not, why aren't there any? Why do citizens have to suffer for these greedy thugs and nothing gets done about it. All the patients should get together and sue these hospitals and MAYBE they will wake up!

  • Bed Rock - 2011-07-08 09:16

    Not only the Queenstown hospital,try the Greytown Kzn hospital.

  • Bed Rock - 2011-07-08 09:17

    Not only the Queenstown hospital, try the Greytown Hospital, Kzn

  • shado - 2011-07-08 09:18

    @Goose - The fact that you have more thumbs up than thumbs down for the prejudicial statement yo made seriously worries me and it tells me we have a longway to go in this country. How is the statement like that make you different from Malema?

  • shado - 2011-07-08 09:31

    @Tilly - I do accept that most state hospital are black.I have serious problem with the general statement that you just made i.e Black people lack service mentality. I am black qualified with an MBA and MSc Project Management and I work in the Service Environment and I can write you a book on good service and measurables. The fact that state hospital are run poorly have nothing to do with the colour of the skin of the person running it. It has to do with correct recruitment, placement, skill, experience qualification, moral, motivation etc. You cannot fit a square object in a round hole. Goose statement about 150yrs for black people to catch up is disgusting and leaves a bad taste in my mouth as a black person, logic should prevail instead of an emotion.

      Tilly - 2011-07-08 10:21

      Totally agree and understand your statement but my comment was not directed at qualified balanced people (whom we so desperately need). My comment was towards the "unskilled, uninterested" mentality. I would never make a statement without having experienced or have the knowledge myself. That was really the gist of it.

  • Ingie - 2011-07-08 09:58

    WELL say no more look who is in charge and running it. Maybe the money is been spent on themselves. ANC country again wink wink say no more. CORRUPTION from the top down to the bottom

  • Tilly - 2011-07-08 10:03

    @Nkulekweni Your comments and complaints you made, puts you in the same bracket then? duh! As far as your slanderous comments about my intellectual ability goes (can't recall we ever met), you wouldn't be able to time travel there.

  • ssaayman - 2011-07-08 10:09

    What, they must come and look at the gautengs state hospitals too. Here in one hospital I know they dont even have cubicles in the emergency room, they just treat the people where everyone can see them. and it is a big room full of patients.

      Tertius777 - 2012-03-22 20:20

      contact YOUR MEC! This MEC is appointed to the Eastern Cape

  • Ingie - 2011-07-08 10:11

    I totally agree with Tilly..I had my children @ Addington Hosp which then was white run and everything was fine..NOW wont put my foot in there. Look at all the hosp. and companies that are run by blacks... disaster. They have no respect for anything that is not theirs, no respect towards patients (well not all of them some) and the list goes on. You can see the racism in the nurses (I work in a hosp). Just look at apartment buildings, which have been taken over by blacks namely Albert park Esplande areas...just to name an area these used to be luxurious weathly owned apartments now run down to nothing. The same with the hospitals.... nothing they touch stays as it should which is so sad.

  • Man can do - 2011-07-08 11:10

    What astounds me is that these conditions dont deteriorate overnight. This is years and years of neglect we are talking about. Of course the MEC is responsible. He should conduct regular impromptu inspections. He can drive there with his expensive car. Appoint an national inspection team that must provide regular feedback to the public at large. If they don't become corrupt themselves, problems will be picked up much earlier.

  • Whiskeyjack - 2011-07-08 11:16

    Who's living miserably? Life is great for me.... It's your brothers and sisters that are suffering, and not all white folks are living on "ill-gotten wealth". African folks need to get that chip off their shoulder at some point, the rest of the world is bored with African excuses.

  • Marcell - 2011-07-09 03:46

    The whole government is 'an embarrassment'

  • Johan - 2012-01-10 05:20

    Gawd, Isn't there any thing they can do good except stealing and dealing?

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