Gauteng to improve hospital care

2012-10-28 21:32

Johannesburg - Gauteng health department will be improving the services and quality of care at the province's four biggest hospitals, it said on Sunday.

The hospitals' intensive care units would get priority attention, said spokesperson Simon Zwane.

He said the hospitals were Chris Hani Baragwanath, Steve Biko Academic, Dr George Mukhari and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic, which were the busiest in the province.

They were busy employing staff in critical areas to turn around health care in Gauteng.

"The MEC for health [Hope Papo]... has stated that the implementation of the turnaround strategy is non-negotiable and all institutions have to implement measures to ensure that patients experience a better service," said Zwane

Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom said the steps were welcome and long overdue, but that even more needed to be done.

"We hope it brings down the long waiting list for operations at these hospitals," Bloom said, but added: "None of these measures will succeed unless the most competent people are appointed."


He said there were also other hospitals which needed "radical improvement", and that this would start "with better management".

Zwane said Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital recently appointed 141 nurses, four pharmacists, 20 cleaners and 10 security officers.

The hospital delivered around 2 000 babies a month, many of them from mothers who experienced complications while giving birth, he said.

"The capacity of the neonatal intensive care unit has been increased to improve care for very ill children with low birth weight."

He said a campaign to discourage littering had also been initiated and around 100 additional bins had been distributed throughout the hospital to improve cleanliness.

The Steve Biko Academic Hospital had started the process of employing anaesthesiologists and nurses.

"[Dr] George Mukhari [hospital] plans to increase the number of intensive care unit beds and install maternity theatres," Zwane said.

"Charlotte Maxeke [Johannesburg Academic] hospital is in the process of appointing retired nurses to work at its help desk assisting patients and visitors with vital information they need to access services."

He said the senior managers did daily rounds checking on cleanliness, and that the hospital had filled more than 240 vacant posts.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-28 22:20

    How about just getting it right first, then improve it, getting it right can not be regarded as an improvement, it is actually what one would refer to as doing your farking job!

      Jenny - 2012-10-29 08:33

      I feel sorry for the people that has to make use of these facilities. It is not even fit for dogs.

  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2012-10-28 22:23

    Here we go again. Millions will be pumped into this black hole of incompetence. Hours of work time will be spent on seminars and training on people not either having the ability to run a hospital or who couldn't care less exept for the pay check at the end of the month. This fairy tale was also proudly announced in 2010 before the world cup. That was 2 years ago and it seems we are just going 2 steps back each time. Meanwhile, I'll just work my behind off just to make sure I can keep up with the raising medical aid premiums. Sheesh!

  • shoni.malaka.5 - 2012-10-28 23:17

    The big problem is when somebdy who is sitted in de office would just mumble about quality health care. What do u expect in a ward of 69 patients with 6 nurses on duty.In a hospital without equipment.............

  • stanley.millar7 - 2012-10-29 00:24

    wow some actual work being done, shocked.

  • gabaitsis - 2012-10-29 08:12

    I hope cleaners and security guards were not hired through fraud Tenders.

      Andrea - 2012-10-29 12:05

      No, that would be the doctors and nurses!

  • bless.boswell - 2012-10-29 08:34

    The only way to make it improve is to make it mandatory that all government officials have to use government facilities. Then we'll see some improvement!

      Andrea - 2012-10-29 12:06

      Now that's the best comment I have read in weeks!

  • markus.botha - 2012-10-29 08:52

    Hospitals aren't going to improve due to double standards. South Africans is in short supply of doctors. The reason for this is that universities need to have a set number of previously disadvantaged medical students, which are accepted even with a dramatically lower level of entry. So what happens is these students drop out at an alarming rate leaving the amount of students who actually become doctors to a minimum. Thus, very few doctors. I suggest giving the medical positions to deserving students (black or white, doesn't matter, as long as they meet the requirements). Thus more doctors. More lives being saved.

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