Jack Bloom MPL
Spokesperson on Health
Male patients at the George Mukhari Hospital in north west Gauteng are wearing nighties because of a shortage of hospital gowns.
This is because of inefficiency at the government-owned Masakhane Laundry which the hospital is forced to use despite frequent breakdowns and delays there.
It is very unfortunate that male patients have to wear women’s clothing. It is most undignified and embarrassing, causing distress for people trying to recover from illness.
Linen shortages continue to cause problems at Gauteng hospitals. Sometimes operations are cancelled because theatre gowns are not sanitised.
The Gauteng Health Department needs to sort out the linen problems as soon as possible.