22 October 2013
The IFP calls on the minister of Health to
urgently investigate the allegations involving doctors who are
said to be stealing medicine meant for hospitals, selling them
to a Nigerian national who uses them to manufacture drugs and
also some for their private surgeries.
IFP spokesperson on Health, MP Hilda Msweli
said "Doctors who are involved in stealing medication from the
Mthatha depot, as well as hospitals, are known by both the
police and the Hawks but no action has been taken. It is very
concerning that it has taken so long for police to make an
Medical deliveries are bypassing the hospitals
and go straight to a farm where they are kept, of which the
owner is unknown.
"Those involved in managing the depot must be
the first to be questioned and if found to be involved should be
arrested. The state is not only losing millions, the health
sector is suffering tremendously, especially the poor who need
these drugs. The investigation must also be extended to other
provincial hospitals," said Msweli.
The Health Professions Council of South Africa
should make sure that licences for doctors implicated in these
actions are scrapped. The Hawks must also speed up the process
of arresting these criminals.
IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs
Hilda Msweli, MP, 072 513 1833
IFP Parliamentary Caucus Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675