Premier: Review Gauteng hospitals

2012-08-15 14:11

Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane on Wednesday called for a review of the funding of provincial hospitals and the filling of their critical vacancies.

"While the province is working hard to implement the long-term turnaround strategy on the provisioning of health care, I believe the immediate need to provide care for patients may not be compromised."

She ordered the provincial health and infrastructure development departments to put into effect decisions made at a recent meeting she had with the CEOs of major hospitals.

Mokonyane's action followed reports about the poor financial management of operations at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.

The Democratic Alliance alleged that shortages of staff and equipment at the hospital were leading to the cancellation of about 100 operations a week.

Mokonyane called for a meeting to receive feedback on infrastructure improvement and procurement procedures for general medication and equipment at the hospital.

"It is important for managers and the medical staff to receive our unwavering support in ensuring that patients receive the utmost of care possible at such massive public hospitals," she said in a statement.

"The need to promptly respond to any form of inadequacies, be they related to human resource or infrastructure, becomes our priority on which to decisively act at any given time."

  • annetjie.fogg - 2012-08-15 14:34

    I would like to post a request to the Minister of Health - Why can the government not offer employment for hundreds of young students, women and men to help out in the care of patience on their study leave. That is the period between classes. When the classes/varsity is closed the young people walk about the streets day and night causing a nuinsance to residents in suburban areas. Afterall they are getting free education, this will be pay back time. Nothing comes free and they must be force to do community services on their off time. Instead of partying in the streets at all hours. Come leaders show your initiative. Make it compulsory for students to do community work in the spare time in whatever portion of society that is needy. These is a lot of hospital patience that needs care.

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-15 14:51

    Gauteng hospitals don't have to be reviewed. They must be rebuilt and refitted and employ competent people. You just go and walk through any of these hosiptals, the escalators don't work. The wards are full cockroaches. The list is endless. What has the minister done for the public so far?

  • Desilusionada - 2012-08-15 14:52

    "filling of their critical vacancies." That means skilled/trained staff right. Filling vacancies with what from where? Robots? Not whom as the only white skilled people left here must not be appointed, and the other skilled people of all colours are leaving this country faster than we can train them. Even if we force every white able bodied person to go out and work, the impact on unemployment would still be negligent! Time to replace the fiddle with a cello Mr. Z, the problems are bigger than your spear

  • opinion.blake - 2012-08-15 14:54

    Premier Nomvula Mokonyane: highly paid, lowly accountable. Country second, party first.

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-08-15 14:56

      Talk is cheap. And her MEC get to spend 50-100K's every month on their credit cards.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-15 15:00

    LOL! cANCer always wakes up after the horse has bolted.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-15 15:49

    Yada yada yada - on and on it goes and nothing changes.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-15 17:21

      The nursing private sector hospitals in SA can only train 1000 nurses per annum. Presumably because they would be white. In the public sector hospitals there is a shortage of 6000 which cannot be filled. How much more crazy government legislation do we need?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-15 17:47

    The hospital she is talking about used to be one of the best hospitals. It was well run, clean, efficient and caring nursing staff. They kept their equipment in working order it really was a lovely hospital until a change in government. Whites chased out and replaced with incompetants who are uncaring. There is and was no hygiene and people are greeted by filth and decay and rot. Is this what our government is proud of. What is different between prior to 1994 and now. What happened during this period. Now you ask yourself what please explain to the people. Its not only in this hospital but every other government hospital. Is this what people voted for.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-08-15 19:08

    I believe the immediate need to provide care for patients may not be compromised." But it is being compromised, every day, in every hospital, by the system that the premier heads up. She knows damn fine that people are dying because of maladministration and corruption. The fact that she has still done nothing about makes her as guilty as if she personally misspent the funds. She is accountable and must either make it right or get out.

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