More delay in opening Jabulani Hospital

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Health Spokesman

There is more delay in opening the Jabulani Hospital in Soweto, which will probably only admit patients in September this year.

I visited the hospital last week, and found that there was still building work in the operating theatres.

Administrative staff have been appointed, but doctors and nurses will only move in once the building is fully completed.

It will take a number of weeks to train and orient the staff to attend to patients.

It is very disappointing that promises to open this hospital have been broken yet again.

When Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) visited the hospital last year, they were told that it would be completed by 1 April 2013.

The initial contract for the hospital was awarded in July 2006 for completion in May 2008, and costs have more than doubled from the original R334 million to about R700 million.

I look forward to when patients can be treated at the hospital as it will relieve pressure on the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

People in Soweto have had to wait far too long for this hospital.