21 January 2013
The Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu Natal is
extremely perturbed about the current state of provincial
“It is clear that many healthcare institutions
are crumbling, like Addington hospital, St Benedictine hospital
and now the speculation of closure of McCord hospital. This
clearly demonstrates that the MEC for health, Dr Sbongiseni
Dhlomo is unable to salvage this ailing situation and provide
decisive action; this is the tip of the iceberg,” said
Hon. Dr Usha Roopnarain, Shadow MEC for Health.
The IFP has received a number of complaints
from patients at various clinics in the Province; this includes
the Hlobane, Gateway and Njoko Clinic.
“It is inexcusable that patients have to
suffer due to the incompetence of an ANC MEC. Coupled with this
is the EMRS strike. Once again the department of Health has
failed to deal with employees of EMRS. We have written to the
HPCSA to seek advice on the scope and practice of paramedics.
It is disturbing that paramedics are unable to perform their
duties within their scope of practice; that is basic life
support and advanced life support and are not being paid according
to their scope of practice,” said Dr Roopnarain.
The IFP has written to the HPCSA to
investigate this matter. The IFP calls on the urgent
intervention of the Premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize as this situation
cannot be allowed to continue.
“What we see is not the progressive
realisation of healthcare, rather it is an absolute
deterioration of healthcare,” said Dr Roopnarain.
Contact: Hon. Dr Usha Roopnarain Shadow MEC