NEW GERMISTON HOSPITAL NOT OPEN FOR PATIENTS

Paul Willemburg MPL

DA Gauteng Infrastructure Development Spokesman

The R498 million new state-of-the art Bertha Gxowa hospital in Germiston is still not admitting patients in general wards even though it was officially opened by Gauteng Premier, Nomvula Mokonyane, in November last year.

This was revealed by Gauteng Health and Social Development MEC, Ntombi Mekgwe, in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature. Mekgwe admits that no patients have been admitted yet, as the only portions of the hospital being utilised are the Out Patient Department, Administration and Pharmacy.

How could the Department and the Premier announce the opening of a hospital that is unable to admit patients?

The hospital was upgraded from 149 beds to 302. However, no beds are in use at this point because the occupation certificate has not been issued by the Ekurhuleni Municipality.

This hospital is desperately needed, as nearby hospitals are overrun with patients and unable to handle increasing admissions.

I call on the MEC to pressurise the Ekurhuleni Municipality to issue the required certificates, as this hospital serves no real purpose at present and needs to open its doors to general patients.

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