Hospital rubbishes crisis claims

2012-09-18 21:07

Pretoria - Claims of "filthy facilities" at Pretoria's Kalafong Hospital were unfounded, the chief executive of the institution said on Tuesday.

Dr Lancelot Phalatsi said the hospital had experienced problems in the past but the issues had been resolved.

"When I left the hospital in the morning there was no crisis. Right now I am coming out of a meeting and can only tell you that there is no crisis [at the hospital] that I know of," said Phalatsi.

The allegations came from Democratic Alliance social development spokesperson in Gauteng, Hendrika Kruger.

She said patients at the hospital were being exposed to "filthy facilities".

"The state of sanitation facilities at the public hospital is not only disgusting, but also pose a significant health risk to patients, staff and visitors," said Kruger.

"A patient admitted yesterday for a serious surgical procedure was informed that there were no blankets or pillows," she said.

Patients had options of either supplying the blankets, pillows and linen for themselves or to endure the filthy facilities which further threatened their health, claimed Kruger.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-18 21:19

    Deny, deny deny - we have heard it all before. Next week he will admit there is a problem and promise to fix it...

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-09-19 12:26

      Oh dear - they thought it was the river 'De Nile". Strange how the DG admitted that the medical system overall is in a crisis and even went so far as to say that he was meeting Pravin Ghordan to discuss a bail-out plan. At least one of those in power is not totally delusional :)

  • max.reynecke - 2012-09-18 21:20

    Yes, but you must remember this clown's idea and the civilized idea of filthy facilities are two totally different things....he most probably still lived in a shack before his affirmative action appointment.

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-09-18 21:26

    Denial should be labeled a National Sport!!!

      croix.mactee - 2012-09-18 21:53

      De Nile is a BEEEEG reevah in Egypt - no?

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-18 21:26

    Dr Lancelot Phalatsi probably got his degree as a struggle student in the old Commie Russia. Passed on exile status and not academic performance.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-09-18 21:27

    Hope he uses his own facility when he falls ill. Any bets?

  • hendrik.breed - 2012-09-18 21:50

    It all depends on your own standards, Lance-a-lot!

  • maditabalucia.mmatli - 2012-09-21 22:49

    i ve worked there couple of months,all i can say its that the hospital its always busy man,especial on weekends of month ends,and yes its need is more of logistic.

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