Mark Steele, MPP
DA KZN Alternate Spokesperson on Health
THE Democratic Alliance welcomes efforts by the KwaZulu-Natal health department to address ongoing and serious problems at Addington Hospital. We trust that this intervention will include the drastic upgrade and improvement of security measures.
This follows a claim by hospital security staff, to members of the provincial health portfolio committee, that current security measures are inadequate and that the camera surveillance system is “useless” and does not provide effective monitoring of crucial areas, including the hospital stores. The revelation took place during a recent visit to the hospital. Staff further claim that they have reported their concerns to management, who have failed to respond to date.
Addington has recently been brought to its knees amid serious allegations of mismanagement. This has led to a drastic shortage of vital medical equipment and a devastating impact on the level of care that this once proud institution is able to offer. The question is – why are hospital officials ignoring the concerns of security personnel? If they aren’t going to listen to them then why bother hiring them in the first place?
The DA expects senior health officials to investigate these serious allegations and, should they prove founded, to fix the problem. It is increasingly evident that not only is Addington in need of a good scrub – its’ management is in need of a complete overhaul.