Mark Steele, MPP
DA KZN Alternate Spokesperson on Health
SUPPLY chain management problems at Durban’s Gale Street mortuary are not new, with concerns having been raised by members of the provincial health committee earlier this year.
According to a media report, essential medical equipment required to perform post mortems is out of stock, with the result that staff have embarked on a go-slow. A lack of necessary supplies was one of the issues noted by portfolio committee members earlier this year, with the site visit revealing that stock was not properly stored or controlled. The portfolio committee tasked the province’s health department with resolving the problem. The department gave the distinct impression that the problem would be dealt with.
An earlier surprise visit by the DA also found that the relationship between the KZN health department and forensic services was in need of urgent attention. It was on this basis that the health portfolio committee visited the mortuary.
The DA is disappointed that the supply chain problem has not been dealt with. It is appalling that grieving families should suffer further anguish due to a bumbling administration. The department must get to grips with this issue immediately.