Health dept needs ICU – DA

Jacques Smalle (MPL)

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

Lack of commitment and poor management within the department of Health and Social Development has once again badly haunted the department to an extent of intensive care need.

This department had to suffer on matters of accountability in the hands of misdirected managers in the past, failing to account even on very small things during its appearances at SCOPA.

A response to DA’s parliament question confirmed the party’s worst fears.

The department indicated that this past year alone, its vehicles were involved in at least 75 cases of major and 60 cases of minor accidents.

It is even more worrying that 54 ambulances and 12 planned patient transporter vehicles were involved in these road collisions.

Currently, a total of 100 vehicles are not roadworthy. The department claims that it will dispose these vehicles at auctions as soon as it can.

The provincial health department was one of five placed under administration because of poor governance and financial mismanagement.

The DA finds it unacceptable that hospitals in areas such as Seshego, Zebediella, Mokopane, Lebowakgomo and Mankweng have little or no medical specialists and Emergency Services Practitioners, despite the millions pumped by Provincial Treasury to solve these issues.

The issue of skills transfer remains critical as hospitals such as Malamulele, Maphuta Malatji and Letaba did not have Pharmacist interns or interning medical officers.

This suggests that the department has not prioritized the recruiting, attracting and retaining of young medical professionals.

The DA believes passionately that quality and adequate healthcare is a basic constitutional right of all South Africans.

The management of all Limpopo hospitals should be the first priority. Therefore, the appointment of vital positions must be taken seriously.