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
The department should also investigate the two
deaths, and take steps against those implicated in this case of
IFP Western Cape Coordinator, Ms Anthea Wichman, 078 101 6895
IFP Parliamentary Caucusí Media Liaison
Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252