02 April 2014.
The IFP calls upon the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for
Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, to explain to the public what
steps his department is taking in addressing the acute paramedic
equipment shortages in Durban.
“Paramedics have indicated that they are
experiencing widespread shortages of equipment. They have
complained about this to the department but their complaints are
seemingly ignored. This shortage puts patients’ lives at risk,
which will lead to many medical lawsuits” said Mr Velenkosini
Hlabisa, IFP Provincial Secretary.
“Dr Dhlomo and his department must start
taking responsibility for what is fast becoming a widespread
crisis in our health system. The MEC
must clarify what is being done to solve this issue and
to ensure that it does not occur again in the future” said
The IFP calls on the MEC to conduct an audit
on how many paramedics in the province are facing the challenges
posed by equipment shortages.
Mr Velenkosini Hlabisa, IFP
Provincial Secretary, 082 873 3685
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