Weak hospital management to blame for KZN’s AWOL doctors

Makhosazana Mdlalose, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on Health

The KwaZulu-Natal health department must accept full responsibility for 354 state doctors found to have neglected public health care patients, instead rushing off to attend to patients at their own lucrative private practices.

The information forms part of a report commissioned by the department. The findings also reveal that state doctors working in their own private surgeries are claiming millions in overtime from state hospitals for hours they have not worked.

Meanwhile, patients reliant on public health care are either not being attended to or must wait days to see a doctor.

The DA is appalled by this situation. The findings point directly to weak and ineffective hospital management, where individuals have all the right business qualifications yet know little when it comes to the day to day running of a hospital.

KZN’s health officials must accept responsibility for this oversight and face the fact that they will never get rid of the huge number of negligence lawsuits the department is currently facing – R1.1 billion and counting – if they cannot ensure that doctors are putting in the necessary hours and providing adequate care to public patients.

Our hospitals need people who are fit for purpose. The DA calls for a full investigation into the suitability of current administration within the province’s hospitals.  There can be no more excuses – it all comes back to effective management.

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