IFP Appalled by Two Deaths After Clinicís Negligence

03 April 2014.


The IFP is appalled that two people in Mfuleni died as a result of negligence at a clinic in the area. 


An 84-year-old pensioner and a 58-year-old woman died after nurses decided they could not attend to them because they had not made an appointment. 


Seriously-ill patients should not be turned away just because they did not make an appointment. There should be a system that provides for emergency cases at Mfuleni clinic; people do not plan to be sick. 


Nurses are always urged to attend to seriously-ill patients to avoid these kinds of incidents, but that does not seem to happen. 


These tragedies are common at our public clinics. Many people have died in public clinics in similar incidents. Government needs to look into this problem and restore the publicís faith in public clinics and hospitals. 


Many people cannot afford private clinics and hospitals; public clinics are the only healthcare facilities they can go to. Therefore, we urge the Provincial Department of Health in the Western Cape to build a bigger clinic in Mfuleni, and to hire more nurses to accommodate the growing population of Mfuleni. 


The department should also investigate the two deaths, and take steps against those implicated in this case of alleged negligence. 



Issued by:

IFP Western Cape Coordinator, Ms Anthea Wichman, 078 101 6895 


Or contact: 

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