SANDF team called in to help at hospital

2012-01-30 09:00

Johannesburg - An SA National Defence Force medical team has been called in to help at the Chris Hani-Baragwanath hospital because of a shortage of nurses at the maternity ward, according to a report on Monday.

The five defence force theatre nurses were called in earlier this month after frustrated doctors notified the department of health of staff shortages in the maternity ward, The Star newspaper reported.

However, CEO Johanna More reportedly denied a staff shortage, saying the hospital was merely being proactive in requesting assistance.

An additional 43 midwives had also been hired at the beginning of the year, she said.

When approached by Sapa for comment, the department of health said it was not aware of reports about the shortage of nursing staff.

Spokesperson Simon Zwane referred all comments to More who could not immediately be reached.

  • Ian - 2012-01-30 09:06

    first thing i pay is medical aid, without it you are totally stuffed when you require it, without it you suffer at the wonderful government smelly hell holes

      Kacee - 2012-01-30 10:19

      So True Ian.... Flipping Government doesn't fail to stop showing us how they have no concept of running anything. May the blind only see.

      Rob - 2012-01-30 14:26

      Indeed Ian: But I am concerned that Private Medical Care will not be sustainable/affordable sometime soon!!!!

      Craig - 2012-01-30 17:26

      At R3000 a month for membership, I dont have one!

      Boer - 2012-01-30 17:52

      How is it possible that they dont have enough nurses in public hospitals? That is unheard of in general.

  • Siso - 2012-01-30 09:13

    It's time for government to train more nurses, especially since there's a very high number of unemployment.

      Colourless - 2012-01-30 09:16

      But then, if they did they would lose their money, oh dear, rather have unemployed and us rich than saving lives... Foolish government.

      Daphne - 2012-01-30 09:16

      Nursing is a calling and a very professional career - you can't just grab anyone and make them nurses, but yes, we in the profession is very concerned about the lack of new trainnes - and have been for years.

  • Eugene - 2012-01-30 09:15

    The hours doctors and nurses are required to work in SA.... definitely a major shortage of resources Johanna More.

  • Eric - 2012-01-30 09:21

    It's quite sad that N24 still doesn't know the difference between "A and An" "An SA National Defence Force medical team"... don't they teach this stuff in primary school?

      Colourless - 2012-01-30 09:34

      Uh, technically 'An' is correct. when writing, an is used when the sound starts with a vowel, "s" for instance is spelt "ess" "B" would be "bee" "F" would be "eff" and so on...

      Haha - 2012-01-30 10:23

      @colourless..what part of the "s" in South sounds like a vowel? It is "a".

      Naomi - 2012-01-30 10:36

      It depends on how you read (pronounce) it. If you say "SA", then "An" is correct. If you say or read "South.....", "A" is correct. It is best not to use abbreviations when they could cause such confusion or mistakes

      Newsreader - 2012-01-30 10:58

      Oh my goodness you people are dof!!! An only comes before a,e,i,o, and u. Such as An Idiot...An understandably dumb voter, And so on...

      Deirdre - 2012-01-30 11:03

      News reader, I think you need a new lesson .. you would pronounce ESS AY therefore the word "SA" technically start with a vowel, in this case an E ... as Naomi pointed out, if you say "ESS AY" for SA then you would indeed use the An format, if youhowever when reading you read it as South African then the a format would be used ... just saying

      Newsreader - 2012-01-30 11:12

      @Fatafrican...... oh my goodness. Lets write an Essay on how dof you are! SA or South Africa as in a South African, a sheep, a stupid person. ONLY vowels are preceeded by An. You donkey!

      Colourless - 2012-01-30 12:02

      The "S"

      Colourless - 2012-01-30 12:04

      @Fafrican and Naomi, don't worry, we obviously have a proper command of the English language - both written and spoken...

      Deirdre - 2012-01-30 12:21

      Wow Colourless you do get vitriolic don't you? Calm down, you'll give yourself AN angina attack and then you would have to see A doctor, I hope it is an Em Dee from the SA Defence Force. For your edifictaion, please Google (using a PC or a laptop)"using an before abbreviations" and carefully read through the postings on this. Once you have edified yourself, you may return and call me a donkey, or even an ass if you so wish ... just make sure you use the correct article when selecting your particular insult. Thanks

      Deirdre - 2012-01-30 12:52

      Sorry, that should be edification ...

      Colourless - 2012-01-30 14:00

      @Fafrican, I do indeed, it must be the Welsh warrior in me, still it really "get's my goat" when people want to start A dispute over a language that has been around for longer than they have. It disturbs me when one offers assistance in the correct command and it falls on A deaf ear. Ah, joy...

      Ian - 2012-01-30 16:31

      where is the face palm emo, when you need it......

      Deirdre - 2012-02-01 15:18

      Yes Colourless, it has been around for ..erm donkey's years and guess what it evolves ... for your deaf ear may I recommend you see an ENT? And as for getting your goat, well simply stop kidding yourself about small articles.

  • Thabiso - 2012-01-30 09:26

    For an essential service, the gorvenment is sure not treating it like one. We loose good personel to other countries and its high time they open their eyes because the answers are right in front of them. Then again who is listening? ncncnc

  • John - 2012-01-30 09:31

    SA National Defence Force medical team has been called in to help and CEO Johanna More is calling this "proactive", but not staff shortage. Johanna, what do you call Chris Hani-Baragwanath hospital? Zama-Zama show?

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-30 09:34

    Once again the ANC government fails to deliver on a BASIC need of the people that it is SUPPOSED to support. No problem in misappropriating R25 000 000 000 in funds in government departments, and fueling their own personal pockets, but to provide for the basic needs of the people that actually voted for them? NOPE! EDUCATE THE VOTERS I say.

  • Deon - 2012-01-30 09:37

    Poor patients! Look at the state of the military healh care institutions.

  • Christopher - 2012-01-30 09:37

    "the department of Health is not aware of reports about the shortage of nursing staff" well there you have it. The defence force knows more about our health situation than the health department. Thats scary!

  • Trevor - 2012-01-30 09:48

    now here is an oppotunity to solve some of our hugh unemployement problems.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-30 10:44

    And the chaos continues and the masses kep voting for the same chaos!! Stange but TRUE!

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-30 10:53

    43 midwives required.... ANC voters! breed breed breed! worse than flies!

  • Deirdre - 2012-01-30 11:05

    My only problem with this solution is how much midwifery background do Army nurses have? Specifically theatre nurses? Dealing with itsy witsy teeny tiny babies is a quite a bit different to dealing with adults ...

  • Juan - 2012-01-30 11:24

    Chris Hani-Baragwanath hospital in the news again. Babies dying, patients raped and now no nurses. Place sounds like your typical ANC-run dump

  • Paulo - 2012-01-30 11:32

    So we need the army to help with our hospitals, to help with police doing raides and manning road blocks-is it just me or are we becoming an army state. Shouldn't they be partrolling our borders and protecting us from sea pirates (just a thought).

  • werner.smidt - 2012-01-30 16:21

    Seems the condom program worked.

  • Craig - 2012-01-30 17:25

    I read last week that SANDF personnel were not allowed to be deployed to civilian institutions... If they can work at the hospital but they cant patrol the streets! Some BS going on there!

  • Anita - 2012-01-30 19:40

    Have any of you thought how those intern and com serve doctors feel and how much more work they have to do? My son started working in PE. Do you know how they look after a 36 hour shift? Let SADF help out.

  • eric.klopper - 2012-01-31 08:26

    Wasnt there an statement from goverment yesterday that the amount of nurses in SA has increased by 47% in the last few years? Wonder what happened to them.

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