09 October 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal demands that the MEC
of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo urgently appoint a task team of
senior health officials to assess the state of provincial
hospitals and clinics.
"We have raised many concerns about the state
of health care especially in hospitals such as Mbongolwane,
Addington and Hlabisa. These are just some examples of hospitals
where health care services are far below the desired standards.
After the IFP exposed the recent problems at Hlabisa Hospital,
the MEC acted and we are thankful for that intervention, but we
cannot be content with only knee-jerk reactions. We need proper
planning that adequately addresses the upkeep and maintenance of
our public hospital infrastructure," said IFP Spokesperson on
Health, Mrs Nkwanyana,MPL.
"Mbongolwane hospital management should be
suspended pending the investigation into expired medication. We
would also like to see a situation where signed performance
contracts for hospital CEOs are reviewed regularly. Those who are incapable or who do not perform
their duties satisfactorily should be fired. We cannot continue
to tolerate incompetence and mismanagement, which in many
instances leads to the unnecessary death of patients," continued
"For several years the IFP has been calling on
the ANC government to confront key issues facing our health care
sector - particularly the enforcement of minimum standards at
all public hospitals. For far too long money has been poured
into our public hospitals without the desired health outcomes,"
concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.
The IFP further calls on the Portfolio
Committee on Health in the KZN Legislature to increase its
visibility by conducting un-announced site visits to hospitals
in and around the province in order to experience first-hand
what our people are confronted with at our hospitals.
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