Urgent Audit on the Shortage of Staff in Hospitals
Must Be Conducted

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.



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