DA welcomes KZN DOH efforts to save St Mary’s hospital

Makhosazana Mdlalose, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on Health

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes an announcement by the provincial Department of Health (DOH) that it will contribute a further R30 million annually towards St Mary’s hospital in Mariannhill in a bid to save the facility from closure.

The future of St Mary’s has been in limbo for several months after the hospital Board announced that the facility was no longer financially viable.

The KZN Health Department can ill-afford for this busy hospital to shut down and the DA appreciates the efforts being made to ensure that it remains functional.

It is extremely disappointing though to note that 95% of the hospital’s nursing staff has taken two days sick leave in a bid to force the DOH to take over the facility entirely.

This action is extremely unhelpful given the current situation.

While nurses may have their grievances, any form of ‘go-slow’ within the essential services sector must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

Most worrying is that these nurses appear to have little or no regard for the patients in their care.

We urge the DOH to take a firm stand against this behaviour.  The patients must come first.