Hospital Backlogs Prompt Parliamentary Question

Karen de Kock, MPL

DA Northern Cape: Provincial Spokesperson of Health

Disturbing reports on bed shortages and surgery backlogs in the Kimberley Hospital have prompted the Democratic Alliance to pose a parliamentary question to the Northern Cape MEC for Health, Mxolisa Sokatsha, requesting details of the backlogs and the waiting periods of various internal medical departments and the reasons therefore.

This comes after allegations that a patient, said to be in need of surgery on his hand, was turned away from the hospital because he is only number 86 on the surgery waiting list.

The DA believes that delayed surgery leads to much suffering. Patients deserve better than long waits and frequently cancelled operations.

The DA wants to know what the backlogs and waiting times are for various internal departments including: urology, ophthalmology, paediatrics, gynaecology, general surgery, orthopaedic, as well as ear nose and throat.

The situation at Kimberley Hospital appears to be especially bad and needs focused attention. Every effort must therefore be made to ensure that backlogs are seen to urgently.

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