KZN Health MEC must resign following ‘absolute mismanagement’

The provincial health budget before us today cannot be supported by the Democratic Alliance.  To know where we are going, from both a policy and budget allocation perspective, we need to take stock of where we have been and what the Department of Health’s achievements, or lack thereof, were during the past financial year.

Family must get answers they deserve

The death of a young man, allegedly after he was turned away from the Newcastle provincial hospital, requires urgent answers. According to reports, the youth was rushed to Newcastle hospital after being stabbed.  Staff allegedly refused to treat him, saying that he should go to another hospital some 16km away. The Newcastle provincial hospital recently […]

KZN patients go hungry as DOH reneges on catering contract

Patients at several rural KwaZulu-Natal hospitals are going hungry after the province’s department of health allegedly reneged on its payment to the catering company contracted. The DA wrote to KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo this morning demanding urgent intervention and clarity on the situation.  We want to know whether the claims that the DOH has […]

Weak hospital management to blame for KZN’s AWOL doctors

The KwaZulu-Natal health department must accept full responsibility for 354 state doctors found to have neglected public health care patients, instead rushing off to attend to patients at their own lucrative private practices. The information forms part of a report commissioned by the department. The findings also reveal that state doctors working in their own […]

Addington radiotherapy scandal: DA call for urgent site visit

The Democratic Alliance calls for an urgent site visit by the province’s health portfolio committee to Addington Hospital following reports that hundreds of critically ill cancer patients are being turned away while a departmental investigation into a supposedly flawed tender process drags on. The KZN health department is alleged to have failed to pay a […]

Nobody should die on Addington’s doorstep

The Democratic Alliance calls on KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, to ensure that an urgent notice is issued to all emergency medical personnel regarding the functionality of hospitals in the province. The call comes after medical emergency workers were turned away from Addington Hospital during the early hours of Sunday, 17 March. This was after […]

KZN Health MEC must shift focus to management issues

KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, must steer his department towards being a results driven entity and ensure that the strategic objectives of the department are spelt out clearly to senior management and the broader staff complement. Recent strike action by EMRS and mortuary workers, a lack of leadership at Addington hospital, linen shortages and a […]

KZN Health MEC must shift focus to management issues

KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, must steer his department towards being a results driven entity and ensure that the strategic objectives of the department are spelt out clearly to senior management and the broader staff complement. Recent strike action by EMRS and mortuary workers, a lack of leadership at Addington hospital, linen shortages and a […]

KZN Health Bill Amendments

KZN Health Bill Amendments The  Select Committee on Social Services has considered the provincial submissions and we welcome the fact that a number of amendments, including some from our own province, have now been incorporated in the final draft of the Bill (B24D-2011).  This demonstrates that the process of provincial consultation envisaged in Section 76 […]

Addington in cold water!

The turnaround strategy at Addington Hospital depends on the complete commitment and support of all levels of staff, not just the senior management. All experts acknowledge this fact and the leadership of the Department of Health are well aware of this necessity. So how do you get a happy and well-motivated staff if they can’t […]