Gauteng health settles R11m claim

2012-06-04 22:46

Johannesburg - The Gauteng health department has paid R11.6m to the family of an 8-year-old boy who suffered cerebral palsy after treatment at the Far East Rand Hospital, it said on Monday.

The full amount was transferred to the account of Ntokozo Skhosana's lawyer on Monday said spokesperson Simon Zwane.

He said the department was ordered to make the payment by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

"The department is doing everything it can to ensure that other children born and treated in our hospitals are not injured or harmed through the negligence of our staff," said Zwane

He said the department had approved the appointment of seven doctors at the hospital to increase the availability of health professionals and to reduce the type of incidents that resulted in Skhosana's injury.

"The hospital is also required to hold regular meetings to determine how many children were born, find out if there were injuries or deaths, establish the causes of injuries or deaths and put in place preventative measures," said Zwane.

  • Christopher - 2012-06-04 23:06

    How much did the lawyer take??

      sipho.q.magagula - 2012-06-04 23:14

      He will take R7m, laywers are clever.

      jimzimbo - 2012-06-04 23:53

      Laywers are the leachies of society......

      mpfanisto.makatu - 2012-06-05 06:40

      The law permit him to take 30%! Then do the maths!

      Azande - 2012-06-05 08:02

      they are limited to 25% max of the award.

  • senette.pietersen - 2012-06-04 23:25

    I do not know why people just say the negative which is why I'm commenting.\r\n\r\nMy child was born in Far East Rand hospital and I had a very positive and life changing experience! They were so gentle and caring through my 12 hour labor process and then prepping me for an emergency c-section when they knew that my precious gift would not be able to go any further without their help!\r\nThey protected me by not making me stress by not telling me it was indeed fetal distress and with that I appreciate their fast reaction to bringing my baby into this world. He is our blessing which without the help of the staff who were concerned for us both would not be here.\r\n\r\nFrom the examining nurse, to the student doctor and nurse monitoring my progress, the aneastesiologist and surgeon! They were awesome in performing their duties professionally and with diligence!

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-05 01:46

      Your experience is not wodespread enough amongst all wards of state hospitals. I had a first-class experience in modern facilities the last time I was in a hospital(the person I accompanied there didn't even pay), but it still doesn't sit well with me knowing all the avoidable horrible things that result from govt neglect and iincompetence

      Matthew - 2012-06-05 08:44

      wow.the race card.what a we dont read enough of that crap on news24

      Tracy - 2012-06-05 08:54

      @ ShagSpear, get a life. My father was white and he was treated like shlt at a state hospital, literally. He had Parkinsons and Alzheimers and was very frail when he had to be hospitilised for a bad case of gastro that wouldn't clear. I took adult nappies, blankets, changes of clothing and all sorts for him. 24 hours later he was still lying in the 'stretcher room' waiting to see the doctor and lying in a pool of brown fluids from head to toe - no exageration! He had been given nothing to eat or even a drop to drink in all the time he was there. He was so weak he couldn't even sit up. The nurse still had the heek to say that when the drip he was on was finished, I could take him home. I threw all my toys out the cot and went to management. Next thing I knew the doctor was there and he was admitted where he stayed for two weeks. Another time after I had been attacked and had such pain in my shoulder that I was actually shivering, I was taken to the same hospital where the nurse at desk told me to go home and go to a clinic the next day. She gave me little paracetemol and ibuprofen tablets. Friends then took me to another hospital where they had an absolute fit. I had to have an operation on my shoulder and still live with pain, especially when it's cold. EVERYONE, regardless of race, get treated like dogs at state hospitals unless you are lucky enough to find the few dedicated and wonderful staff hidden away there.

  • Frank - 2012-06-04 23:55

    Probably just a drop in a bucket to them. The cadres probably steal more than R11m on a daily basis.

      Azande - 2012-06-05 08:03

      you are just a hater, arent you? cant u just comment on the beautiful information and good news brought by this article?

  • Phillie - 2012-06-05 00:04

    You do realize that the R11 million comes out of your and my pockets. How much of that is paid by the person/persons responsible.ZILCH!!! Would you like to wager that the guilty have been either promoted or redeployed in better jobs.

      Azande - 2012-06-05 08:06

      I share the same sentiments, please support "Corruption Watch" and all other NGOs that seek good governance and accountability within our government.

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-06-05 01:40

    Wait a minute is this another law suit against our health department? They better clean up their house or they'll be left with out a buget with these law-suits.

      Azande - 2012-06-05 08:08

      that's not the first and surely not the last because all these lawsuits are paid by taxpayers and the culprits gets their normal salaries and just continue with business as usual. No accounbtability at all.

  • Sam Iam - 2012-06-05 04:05

    There goes our tax money again

      Azande - 2012-06-05 08:08


  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-05 04:25

    The hospital should be held accountable for the damages they did. Not the tax payers. That money could have bought a school. On the plus side,, at least the child will be taken care of properly.

      zama.mhlongo.14 - 2012-06-05 05:38

      Please differentiate for me the 'Hospital' and 'tax payers' @Jasonpaul.beckwith in the context of who should pay the money. And you can't have double standards about this, 'that money could have bought a school' than you go on and say ' at least the child will be taken care of properly'. Get your story and facts right. Government hospitals don't have money, they use our taxes to run their operations and facilities.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-05 09:32

      Doesn't all the money come out of the taxpayers pockets anyway?

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-06-05 05:20

    Yho.This is what happens when a country is run by people who run it like a shebeen.Running a liquor store doesnt need qualifications.11 million from public purse,tax payer's money.The attitude of staff at public hospitals is unbelievable.These hospitals are run by people who are clueless and these provincial depts are run by political appointees.Appointing people(in snr positions)from a ruling party is an international 'practice' but if the ANC doesnt have such skills why they do not appoint on merit

      Henk - 2012-06-05 06:56

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-05 09:31

      Zolisa, who will you be voting for in the next election? This is a very serious question. I'm not picking a fight with you ...

  • brionyl.french - 2012-06-05 05:47

    i hope all doctors and nurses related to this case were removed from their duties and banned

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-05 05:54

    Eventually the cardes pay for incompetance ne' !!!

  • Marissa Van Der Walt - 2012-06-05 06:04

    Yes,I agree, the hospital should be held liable. Maybe that will bring a change. I know of two people who died in state hospitals because of the attitude of the staff. The patients , and even the visitors, are to scared to ask for necessities, scared that they would be treated even worse. Animals wouldn't treat each other the way those poor patients are being treated. people running these hospitals have no idea what they are doing and the worst is that they don't care either. Nobody cares. How is it possible for any human being to see another suffer and just not care. To just turn away from a helpless sick person, begging for the basic (blanket) and go sit and eat their pap and whatever AT THE NURSING STATION!!!!!!

  • Thusi-Papa GA Loago Makoloi - 2012-06-05 07:05

    I wish zwane could come and visit our little township next to Kimberley, where the stuff ill treats people

  • Neo Mphaki - 2012-06-05 07:57

    how much longer do our children have to suffer due to the negligence of the public health personnel. If things had been done right the first time to avoid such painful results, then the money could have been used to better the facilities and hire staff that actually want to work.

  • Ryno - 2012-06-05 08:10

    no comment...

  • Azande - 2012-06-05 08:11

    The minute we form our own structures as citizens that make government to account such as Corruption Watch, will be the minute incidents of this nature will decrease. VIVA Corruption Watch VIVA. VIVA Section21 VIVA

  • braamc - 2012-06-05 08:20

    R11m worth of houses could have been built, off course the tax payer must pay for the incompetence and bad management

  • TheTrev - 2012-06-05 09:34

    If everyone had a good lawyer, Gauteng health would be bankrupt.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-05 10:56

    Bless we all know the answer to that.

  • josie.brits - 2012-06-05 11:17

    @ Sanette - I am glad you got all the care and tlc at the Far east rand hospital. Obviously - they will be careful this time round. If all hospital nursing staff take care, the Government will not have to pay millions in law suits, but can rather pay their service providers, equipment and medicines etc. instead. The nursing staff, espcially at the JHB Gen, believe they are above all - even the doctors. I was quite shocked to hear how the nursing staff speak to the doctors, one nurse telling a doctor straight out the it is HIS duty to put a drip up, not hers. The doctors complain, but it is all on deaf ears. The nursing staff decide WHEN and HOW a patient should be treated, but NEVER forget to toi-toi for that next 'UNDERSERVED" pay increase. Wtf? No wonder the doctors are leaving, the sick are left dying and Government is out of pocket because of the the law suits (let's not forget about the corruption that goes with it).

  • Walter - 2012-06-05 11:29

    Is the 25% - 30% includes everything or is the minimum amount that they are entitled once they put their foot in?

  • Abigail - 2012-06-05 17:51

    Not all hospital government employee's are negligent or uncaring! I am one and I pride myself on the quality of my work! With all these exorbitant lawsuits we will no longer be able to afford to treat patients and then we'll probably be sued for turning patients away! I'm not saying negligence should be condoned, but 11mil, for heaven's sake! We are also only human!

  • Danny - 2012-06-06 10:56

    Something to really think about-how the taxpayers money goes to pay for damages caused by unscrupolous ,perhaps uneducated ,ignorant hospital staff.The Superintendent of the hospital as well as all his ignorant staff gets away freely and the Minister OF Health does'nt give a damn about the monies that was paid for the claimant.Now this is a real sick government to govern our country-Anyone has any suggestions?

  • marius.vandenberg.77 - 2012-06-18 10:42

    Yeahhh to the boy and his family and we trust you will use the money to his benefit.

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