DA calls for Harry Surtie to be investigated

Harold McGluwa, MPL

DA Provincial Chairperson:

The Democratic Alliance will be posing questions to the Premier for oral reply on the poor service currently being delivered by the Dr.

Harry Surtie Hospital, where new mothers are allegedly forced to sleep on the floor next to their babies.


We will also be writing to the MEC for Health to investigate the hospital as a matter of urgency.


We welcome the department of Health’s acknowledgement of the fact that the situation is unacceptable. It is indeed unacceptable in any hospital for any patient to have to sleep on the floor. It is especially worrying because the hospital had opened its doors only a few months ago. It should be fully capacitated to provide medical care of a high standard to the community and not be plagued by shortages already. We wonder if there has been an influx of patients due to the ongoing closure of the Kuruman Hospital, which had to be shut down for emergency repairs.


We are concerned that the department has tried to justify the lack of beds by saying that there is a shortage of staff at the hospital. How does a shortage of staff affect the number of beds available?


The department’s statement also contradicts their announcements earlier this year that the 21 community service doctors and 20 community service nurses appointed at the hospital will be sufficient to fill vacancies at the hospital. It is strange that nurses who were appointed this year would resign for retirement benefits, as stated by the department.


All the facts warrant a thorough investigation into this so-called ‘state of the art’ hospital.


We cannot compromise on the quality of health care offered to our people.