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 Mrs Nkwanyana. 

"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.

  

Issued by:
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, 073 024 5675