Gauteng hospitals hit by food shortages

Jack Bloom MPL

Spokesperson on Health

Gauteng hospitals have run out of bread, chicken, fish and vegetables this year because of non-payment of suppliers.

This is revealed in a written reply by Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo to my questions in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.

The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital suffered the worst non-delivery of essential food. According to Papo, 510 loaves a day have not been delivered by Mzanzi Commodities to the hospital since May this year. Deliveries of chicken, fish and frozen vegetables from Matimba Suppliers are “very erratic” since February this year.

Other affected hospitals include George Mukhari, where cheese, yoghurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, bread chicken and fish deliveries have all been badly disrupted this year.

In April this year, the Steve Biko Academic Hospital had shortages of bread, meat, cheese, eggs and tea.

I get lots of reports of food shortages at various hospitals around Gauteng.

It is very distressing that companies have ceased supplying hospital food because of non-payment. Patients need a nutritious diet to aid their recovery, but disruptions in food supply happen far too often.