Incompetence, catastrophic state of hospitals and clinics

Die Vryburger

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Incompetence, catastrophic state of hospitals and clinics. Photo: Die Vryburger
Incompetence, catastrophic state of hospitals and clinics. Photo: Die Vryburger

A report presented in parliament shows the shocking state of the country’s medical services.

Only five of the 696 hospitals and clinics in the country could meet the standards of the Department of Health.

Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has declared that the system continues to provide care to 4.2 million HIV patients and 300 000 tuberculosis patients. Overpopulation of hospitals is indicated as one reason for the poor condition, but he acknowledges that the lack of management skills as well as the negative attitude of staff are a cause for concern.

He is about to send 200 officials out to assist hospital managers. So, in order to send managers to assist managers, taxpayers will again naturally forfeit a lot of money, instead of simply replacing incompetent managers with skilled ones.

Some state hospitals were rated under 20% of the earmarked 80%. Death is your future when you land in a state hospital, was a medic’s remark.

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