Gown shortage at Gauteng hospital

2013-04-26 12:04

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Johannesburg - Male patients are being forced to wear female gowns at the George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria, it was reported on Friday.

Hospital spokesperson Nolo Bashe told the Sowetan the situation was due to a shortage at the main linen laundry in Pretoria.

"In order to mitigate this challenge and ensure continuous provision of linen, we have had to outsource the washing of linen to private service providers and also make use of our internal laundry service," Bashe was quoted as saying.

According to the newspaper, the facility used the private laundry services of Masakhane Laundry.

Earlier in the week, Bashe said patients had been placed on a restricted diet because of supply problems.

The Sowetan reported that the hospital outsourced the preparation of meals to Cook Freeze.

Earlier this week, Bashe said the normal patient diet plan has not been affected, even though there was no delivery of bread for three days and of fruit for a week.

"Special diets were not compromised. Diabetic patients received Diasip sip feed as a snack instead of the normal sandwich or fruit."

At the time, Democratic Alliance Gauteng health spokesperson Jack Bloom said in a statement: "[Patients] rarely get meat, fruit, or vegetables, and there is no sugar. Bread is often short."

Bloom described the situation as unsatisfactory.
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