MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP Dismayed At Poor Conditions At Far East Rand Hospital

22 November 2013    

 

The IFP expresses its utter dismay at what is happening at the Far East Rand Hospital in Springs, where patients must lie on the floor on mattresses, spend nights on chairs or sleep on stretchers in the passages. 

 

IFP Spokesperson on Health, Ms Hilda Msweli, MP said, “It’s shocking to see patients being treated under such bad conditions. How are they expected to recover when they are treated in such a stressful environment?” 

 

Msweli added, “The Gauteng department of Health under-spent on their R27 billion allocated budget for the year and could have used the remaining 1% to build another hospital in Springs or at the very least, increase the capacity of the existing hospital. Instead, the provincial department seems happy that they under-spent. There is no reason to be happy about under- expenditure when there are still patients who lie on the floors. This shows that the department does not care at all about East Rand Hospital patients. If they were a caring government they would not allow our people to be treated under such inhumane conditions.” 

 

The IFP urges Gauteng department of Health to stop what is happening in Far East Rand Hospital and respect our people by providing better alternatives to patients such as transferring patients to other nearby hospitals, buying additional beds or building more wards.

 

 

 

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Health, Ms Hilda Msweli MP, 072 513 1833

 

For media queries contact: 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus’ Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252