IFP-GP. State Owned Hospitals A Worrying Sight in Gauteng

03 April 2013    


The ever-present crisis in Gauteng state hospitals is a grim sign that the Gauteng Department of Health is struggling to cope with the demands of providing effective and stable heath care. This situation is evident at Leratong Hopital in the West Rand which is currently experiencing a shortage of nurses and beds, leading to some patients having to sleep on the floor.


Upon hearing this deplorable state of affairs, the IFP-GP (Inkatha Freedom Party in Gauteng) questions whether the 2012 Department of Health's turnaround strategy was just a mere wish list or a plan to ring changes and steadfastly address problems faced by state hospitals like Leratong where people are failing to receive the very same health care the strategy promised to deliver.


IFP-GP is concerned that upon being aware of the unsympathetic condition of state hospitals, government has made less strides towards this crisis. And perhaps this is symbolic of what the IFP-GP has said about this government; that you may change the system or a way of doing things through countless strategies, but if you fail to convey empathy and oneness with those you're entitled to serve, it remains an unconcealed truth that you are doomed to failure.


"It is a common truth that Gauteng, unlike other provinces, receives an influx of people migrating from other provinces seeking a better life in the province. Despite this knowledge, many state hospitals like Leratong are still incapacitated to treat those increasing numbers and this shows a lack of planning and anticipation from the Department of health," said IFP Caucus leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) Bonginkosi Dhlamini.


As winter approaches, what will be the circumstances of those patients who because of shortages of beds are forced to sleep on the floor and are not even guaranteed health care because of insufficient nurses? Are these people not the ones who put this government in power that today the very same government decides to turns a blind eye on them?


"The IFP-GP calls on the Gauteng Health Department to address this issue with urgency as our people are the ones who ultimately suffer and bear the brunt of failed and poor provincial administration. And in doing so this government will desist from gambling with the lives of Gauteng citizens," concludes Dhlamini.



IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature; Bonginkosi Dhlamini; 071 622 7523


IFP Media Liaison Officer, Musa Ngobeni; 079 412 9757 / 011 489 6401