Patients' Lives Were Compromised by Using Second Hand Equipment
05 November 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has lambasted the
Provincial Department of Health for placing patients' lives at risk
at Addington Hospital by purchasing and using previously used and
old equipment which undermines quality care.
"We are very concerned about damning revelations
of corruption and fraud by the MEC of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo
who said that the Department bought second hand oncology and
radiology machines that were used at Addington Hospital. This
hospital has been in the spotlight for poor administration and
services for a long time now. The Health Portfolio Committee has
been there many times over the past two years but things have not
improved. How sure are we that inaccurate diagnoses were not done
and wrong medication given to patients who these machines were used
on? How can staff trust the results from these old machines and
accurately prescribe medication and further treatment? Patients'
lives were compromised and the MEC must take full responsibility,"
said IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana, MPL.
"We further demand that, Dr Dhlomo must tell the
public what is the time frame allocated for those corrupt officials
to pay back the money they received by doing business with other
departments. How much is it costing the tax payer whose money was
used to purchase second hand machines instead of new ones only now
to send patients from Addington Hospital to Parklands Hospital for
treatment? These questions must be answered because public funds
were misused and officials of the Department benefitted," continued
"We are however concerned about the recovery
strategy as it allows convicted officials to simply sign
Acknowledgement of Debt (AOD) agreements and continue working for
the Department. We would like to see this policy reviewed and
officials found guilty of corruption must be dismissed and not be
allowed to work in any government department in the country,"
concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.
The IFP will continue to lobby for insider trading to come to an end.
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL, IFP Spokesperson on Health, 084 736 5183 / 078 302 3991
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073