Empangeni Clinic a beacon of hope

Democratic Alliance media statement by Dr Imran Keeka, MPL DA KZN Spokesperson on Health AN oversight visit to the Empangeni Clinic has revealed a facility that is a beacon of hope within a largely dismal public health care system. Yesterday’s unannounced visit by the DA showed that this clinic is spotless, with the cleaning company contracted […]

SA Today: Ebola requires thorough preparation, not panic

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Democratic Alliance SA Today by Helen Zille Leader of the DA In 2007, Lebanese-American risk analyst, statistician and author, Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb, published a book called The Black Swan, which has since been described in a (US) Sunday Times review as one of the twelve most influential books since World Ward II. In this […]

Nkandla ambulance accident: MEC must respond to drunk driver allegations

KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo must immediately respond to claims by survivors of a horror ambulance accident near Nkandla that the driver of the departmental vehicle was under the influence at the time. The accident took place last Friday while some 50 patients were being ferried to hospitals in the province.  Four patients died and […]

Public patients waiting up to three years for joint replacements

Patients needing hip and knee replacements, as well as cataract operations at KZN provincial hospitals are, in some instances forced to wait up to three years for surgery. This is according to a Durban-based orthopaedic surgeon in a provincial hospital.  According to the same doctor, in a small portion of cases these operations are performed […]

Umhlanga Clinic oversight visit reveals desperate situation

A recent DA oversight visit to the Umhlanga Local Clinic has revealed dismal conditions at this busy facility. The clinic was recently reassigned as a temporary treatment centre by the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. This after the municipality sold its old fixed-site premises to a property developer. The DA visit has revealed the following; -          No […]

Port Health authorities / airport block Ebola readiness oversight visits

Despite repeated attempts by the DA to visit KZN Port Health Authorities and King Shaka International airport and assess the state of readiness to prevent Ebola entering the province, officials have used every trick in the book to prevent this from happening. It is the constitutional mandate of the DA to perform such a visit.  Yet […]

DA welcomes MEC’s swift intervention at Grey’s Hospital

A DA oversight visit to Grey’s Hospital last week revealed, amongst other issues, that the Urology department’s cystoscope was broken, with a new one on order since November last year. According to a specialist, the hospital had been forced to borrow another device from the private sector in order to continue treating patients. I subsequently […]

DA committed to helping provide workable healthcare solutions in KZN

Democratic Alliance KZN Health Budget Debate by Dr Imran Keeka, MPL DA KZN Spokesperson on Health South Africa, together with other member states, has acknowledged resolution A/66/L.1 of the UN General Assembly that Non Communicable Diseases are not merely a health concern but a major developmental problem. These diseases include but are not limited to Cancer, […]

NHLS crisis: KZN Health has betrayed the citizens of this province

The KZN Health department’s ongoing failure to resolve a billing issue with the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) is a massive betrayal, both in terms of leadership and its responsibility to state reliant patients in the province. Last week, the NHLS advised that it would no longer provide a service to KZN’s health department because […]

Prognosis for quality medical services in KZN looks bleak

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The prognosis for quality medical services in KZN has been dealt a further blow with the confirmation that cuts to the number of medical registrars being trained in the province are likely to affect front-line patient services at major training hospitals. This, according to the province’s Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo who describes registrars as “critical […]