Tembisa Hospital hit by resignations

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health

The Tembisa Hospital has been hit by the departure of 70 staff this year, including 21 doctors and 31 nurses.

This is revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature.

It’s a huge blow to this troubled hospital which had 71 serious medical negligence events last year, the highest in the province.

The hospital also lost two radiographers, two occupational therapists and a clinical psychologist.

There are now 90 funded vacant posts, including the following:

Doctors – 9

Nurses – 56

Allieds – 8

Administration – 9

Support – 14

According to Mahlangu, the staff shortage impacts on “turnaround time with regard attending to patients, exhaustion and fatigue … also impacts on the quality of service rendered to the public.”

It is particularly serious in the Intensive Care Unit, where one nurse has to attend to two ventilated patients instead of the one-nurse-to one-bed standard.

The strain faced by this hospital strengthens the case for the re-opening of the Kempton Park hospital in order to cope with the increased population in the area.