KZN Health MEC must shift focus to management issues

Makhosazana Mdlalose, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on Health

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 multitude of other problems within this essential service area are a major concern.

The MEC’s role is not only to mediate – his core mandate is to ensure that KwaZulu-Natal has a functional public health care system. This can only be achieved through competent management at individual institutions.

One assumes that the mission and vision of the department is understood by its employees and that everyone is working towards a common goal. Sadly, this is not always the case.

The MEC needs to focus on establishing competent management teams within KwaZulu-Natal’s health institutions. Another focus area must be to ensure that the environment is conducive for staff to achieve their goals. Linen shortages at hospitals, a lack of protective gear for mortuary workers – these are issues that would affect even the most committed health care worker.

The DA calls on the MEC to work to achieve the best possible health care service possible for KwaZulu-Natal’s citizens and to shift his focus to the management issues currently plaguing our province’s health institutions. He must take a firm stance against those individuals who are failing to deliver. Failure to do so to date is having a direct and dramatic impact on the level of care available to the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

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