Nobody should die on Addington’s doorstep

Makhosazana Mdlalose, MPP DA KZN Spokesperson Health The Democratic Alliance calls on KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, to ensure that an urgent notice is issued to all emergency medical personnel regarding the functionality of hospitals in the province. The call comes after medical emergency workers were turned away from Addington Hospital during the early hours of Sunday, 17 March. This was after they had rushed two young men, seriously injured in a car accident, to the hospital for treatment. Paramedics claim they were turned away by hospital staff who said that the operating theatres required were being renovated. The men died shortly after arriving at RK Khan and King Edward VIII Hospitals. Their deaths could have been prevented had emergency workers known where to take these young men from the outset. Clearly the health department had not thought to come up with an interim plan. Paramedics have also claimed that this is not the first time that they have been turned away from Addington. The DA extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of these two men. We call on the MEC to immediately inform emergency medical workers as to which KZN hospitals are not fully functional. The department also has a responsibility to keep the public informed about Addington and any other major medical facility which is not fully operational. This must not happen again. The department must act swiftly so that nobody dies on the door step of Addington hospital.

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