Patients found sleeping on hospital floor

2011-07-07 22:11

Johannesburg - Two senior managers at a Queenstown hospital were handed letters of intended suspension after a surprise visit by the Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana, the Eastern Cape health department said on Thursday.

The Komani Psychiatric Hospital manager, Mandisa Oliphant, and the stores supervisor, Khanyisa Panga, have been charged with dereliction of duties and misconduct, said spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo.

Following reports about the appalling conditions at the hospital, Gqobana paid the hospital a surprise visit on Wednesday.

The MEC arrived to find that some patients were sleeping naked on the floor due to linen shortages. Other patients were infected with lice as warm water was not available.

The wards were dirty and smelling of urine, he said.

"The MEC was shocked to learn that these items [linen and cleaning equipment] were all available at the stores but were not given to patients or staff," said Kupelo.

Oliphant and Panga were given till Friday to give reasons stating why they should not be suspended.

  • Warren - 2011-07-07 22:32

    Sad! Only in it for the pay cheque.

      kalabafazi - 2011-07-08 10:20

      And they will strike if the cheque is not big enough

  • Joe Donner - 2011-07-07 23:07

    Why give them a chance to explain? Fire hulle in hulle moer in en klaar. Donner...

      maneki - 2011-07-08 10:34

      I agree, what the hell is a letter of "intended suspension"?? Why intend it at all? Suspend them! and investigate, and if found guilty, fire them! There is NO excuse for the state our hospitals are in. NO HUMAN, especially a sick human, deserves to be treated like that. It is shocking how many people die in our hospitals due to lack of proper care. Just another example of the slow ANC rot that is destroying every single thing in this country. Slowly, but surely. We had great hospitals, and nurses were proud to be serving people, humble and helpful. I mean, we even did the world's first heart transplant. What is left of it? Filth, and lice, and patients on floor, and nurses with an attitude. Its sickening!

      ex-pat - 2011-07-08 14:19

      True. There was a scandal here in the UK recently, when, after a tip-off by a former employee, an undercover worker filmed the treatment meted out to patients in a home for mentally ill young adults. They were teased, smacked around a bit roughly, and generally bullied - nastily, but with no lasting harmful effects except to the poor patients' sense of safety. This was then aired on TV in a special programme. Those responsible were immediately fired (I think 17 staff members) and all are facing charges of assault. THAT'S what should happen to these two so-called managers.

  • Joe Donner - 2011-07-07 23:07

    En kla die donners aan van mishandeling.

  • crackerr - 2011-07-08 01:02

    Fire and ....just do something worse to them. Moer them. How did they get appointed as managers? On second thoughts, will it be made public what they say are the reasons for the their alleged misconduct? It could be that they could not exercise any control over the staff and had to protect the hospital stock against theft. Trade union influence and power and thieving staff. It should be made public what their excuses are.

      phillie - 2011-07-08 01:10

      The question that goes begging is how did any of these incompetent asshoooooles become managers Answer they are BEE and they are cadres Did you notice they are going to be suspended not fired That means sitting at home playing golf with shaik and getting full pay for a couple of years until a higher paid job can be found for them (Maybe a minister)

      Kaapie - 2011-07-08 07:51

      Phllie it is 'reason not to suspend' they should just fire their incompetent arses

  • Larro - 2011-07-08 05:05

    Eish - these new damagers - make them sleep on the floor!

  • Brieuse - 2011-07-08 06:40

    Should lay criminal charges against them too

  • graham.christensen1 - 2011-07-08 06:41

    until - great editorial work

  • duits - 2011-07-08 06:47

    So they get suspended with full pay, what's new.Probably go back again in 3 months time and it's swept under the carpet. I can bet you this is not the only hospital like that.

  • nonduplume - 2011-07-08 06:57

    What's the prob - this is the norm for Gauteng hospitals!

  • albieh - 2011-07-08 07:18

    My mother nursed at komani hospital many years ago, it was clean and patients were well cared for. Eisch what has gone wrong and what has happened to human dignity.....

      Worldwise - 2011-07-08 07:32

      What went wrong? I'll tell you what; BEE, cadre deployment, nepotism, AA and EO. Thats what.

      PMG - 2011-07-08 12:08

      @albieh - what went wrong is the ANC,our vision,our future.

  • shanns - 2011-07-08 07:23

    this is disgusting.....dont give them a reason to explain.... fire them

  • Vicker - 2011-07-08 07:35

    Why the big hoo-ha??? The patients are getting precisely the standard of medical care they voted for, are they not???

      MaKay - 2011-07-08 09:29

      Wat eva u r saying is crap! Irrespective of wat they voted for they still deserve better medical care

      R013 - 2011-07-08 10:10

      Spot on Vicker... but will they ever learn? I think not!

      Thats_that - 2011-07-08 12:59

      They deserve exactly what they are getting, dont come with that human rights crap here.

      Ann - 2011-07-08 13:10

      Since when to patients in a hospital of this sort get a chance to vote. That's just plain nasty!

      ex-pat - 2011-07-08 14:14

      Vicker, may I draw your attention to the name of the hospital? Komani Psychiatric Hospital. NOTE: PSYCHIATRIC. Quite probably these poor people are not capable of voting at all, never mind sensibly. So why should they suffer even more?

      Cindy - 2011-07-08 15:33

      Chances are these patients didnt vote, Komani is a Psychiatric hospital and a lot of the patients are, by virtue of their illness, unable to vote

  • michaelp1 - 2011-07-08 07:37

    This used to be a top class institution - since the ANC got into power the whole country has been heading this way - and is just about in Freefall and there is a big problem with the parachute -there ISN'T one!!

  • PB - 2011-07-08 08:13

    "intended suspension" WTF - why are they not fired yet??? If it was a private business, there would have been NO time wasted getting their asses fired. The general state of the hospital sounds more like a garbage dump than a place that is supposed to be run in a totally clean and efficient way. It is criminal.

  • Ashvic - 2011-07-08 08:17

    Well this is symptomatic of a much bigger problem- lack of Management and Leadership skills in Public sector hospitals. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The MEC would have to fire a lot of people if he visited more facilities in EC. Many facilities are in a deplorable state with staff shortages, dilapidated infrastructure, lack of basic equipment, consumables etc.

  • Kenpachi - 2011-07-08 08:25

    And they do this to their own people,..this is a foretaste of what's waiting for the masses once the whites are gone, the coffers empty and the mines up in smoke....ViVa ANC ViVa....

  • DEVILS SON - 2011-07-08 08:52

    ja maar eees jus a jooob

  • ricardo.tau - 2011-07-08 09:02

    This is very sad Guys.....I really give up to this Govermemnt

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  • atreyu_za - 2011-07-08 09:13

    I bitch and moan about the amount I pay for medical aid. But after reading stories like this, I feel a bit better paying all that money at the end of the month(even though it IS a rip off)

  • warren - 2011-07-08 09:23

    Well done Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana !!!!!!!!! now fire them and make sure the dont work for any state institution again

  • mamalopeb - 2011-07-08 09:54

    they must be released from their duties maan!stupid idiots

  • pig - 2011-07-08 10:10

    why suspend them ? fire them and get a compatible people to do the job.

  • vandermerwe.martin - 2011-07-08 10:19

    17 years later and that is the result of BEE!

  • kalabafazi - 2011-07-08 10:20

    And the goverment wants to do away with private hospitals! Goverment hospitals are places to go to to die.

  • Charlene Pretorius - 2011-07-08 10:23

    This is terrible, I dont understand why people do this job if they dont care sis, shame on them, they dont deserve a chance to explain!!!

  • Paul ZA - 2011-07-08 10:28

    It just goes to show how evil a large part of South African society is with no respect for anyone this is so scary! I believe they should be given stiff prison sentences.

  • Deema - 2011-07-08 10:37

    whats happening with Eastern Cape, if its not mud schools is dirty (malfunctioning)hospitals. fire those people with immediate effect nx, imagine being infected with lice bcoz there's no supply of warm water....yoh

  • happygolucky - 2011-07-08 10:56

    it amazes me...after all the talk going on about the condition of our hospitals, and heads rolling bla bla bla, that this kind of thing still happens...can only make me think, that these people struggle to see the difference between right and wrong...surely?

  • ZACKIE - 2011-07-08 10:59

    good to see anc service delivery to people is world class thanks for your vote

  • Vernon - 2011-07-08 11:20

    Whats the fuss?This is standard.Surprise visit,cr@p.Guese they wont be surprised when they see the rest of their hospitals now.

  • Kapnschtaten - 2011-07-08 11:32

    Sounds like a Zim hospital seriously, surprized the patients wern't suffering from malnutrition.....I bet the hospital management got fat bonuses and drive mercs and bm's. Ba***rds, throw them in jail, with no clothes or linen.

  • NorvaS - 2011-07-08 11:57

    Fire the lot, why suspend. It only means that they still get paid. better yet put them in the position when they get sick.....oh sorry they have X medical plan with private hospitals.

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  • AloninSA - 2011-07-08 12:28

    old news... my domestics husband was sleeping on a mattress in the fire escape when he was last at the joburg gen, behind a closed door.

  • Thats_that - 2011-07-08 12:57

    So glad I let those sunny shores, imagine when these clowns try to role out a national compulsory health servise. Just beautiful man.

  • Ann - 2011-07-08 13:08

    Criminal - karma will get them, be assured of that. For every action, there IS an equal and opposite reaction. That's universal law: "According to the seed that’s sown, So is the fruit you reap there from, Doer of good will gather good, Doer of evil, evil reaps, Down is the seed and thou shalt taste The fruit thereof."

  • Fair Deal - 2011-07-08 13:17

    Lucky they were found sleeping ,they could have been found dead. These are the same people that want to nationalise private health care and drag the level down to the same as state health care.

  • Terry - 2011-07-08 15:29

    What is it all coming too? Who is really to blame??

  • Mike Obies - 2011-07-11 08:31

    You will probably find their excuse for not issueing the equipment, was that the correct forms of requisition had not been submitted, or some crap thing like that. Reminds me of the time I went to a government department and was told they could not give me forms, as the power was of and they would not be valid. Utter nonsense

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