16th September 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the MEC of
Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, to urgently investigate and
conduct an audit on staff shortages in provincial hospitals,
following reports that cleaners in Mbongolwane Hospital, in
Eshowe, are in charge of handing out medication to patients due
to staff shortages.
"This situation is of high risk because
cleaners are not trained to be professional nurses, they are
only qualified to clean the hospital not to do the job of
professional staff. This practice puts patientsí lives at risks.
What if they give the wrong medication to
patients? This must be urgently investigated by the Department
of Health and rectified," said IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs
Ncamisile Nkwanyana, MPL.
"The budget allocation for rural hospitals
must be reviewed and expenditure patterns must be investigated
after the Mbongolwane hospital management claimed that they
cannot hire staff due to financial constraints. This begs the
question of how hospitals are managing their funds. We demand
that MEC Dhlomo must consider the importance of budget
adjustments for rural hospitals in order for them to cope with
their daily work," continued Mrs Nkwanyana.
"We demand that staff must be appointed in
Mbongolwane Hospital as thousands of qualified nurses in
KwaZulu-Natal, and in other provinces, are unemployed even
though this country is facing a shortage of health
professionals. If there are funded vacant posts at hospitals,
they must be filled without delay. If people who have undergone
nurse training are unemployed, students will begin to choose
other courses with higher employment potential," concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.
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