MEC must act over KZN EMRS grievances before more die

By: Dr Imran Keeka, MPL DA KZN Spokesperson on Health The DA has today tabled a motion in the provincial Legislature highlighting the tragic death of a stab victim in Central Durban on Sunday night, allegedly as a result of delayed action by the province’s Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS). We express our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased. It is increasingly common for the DoH to have to express condolences for services that it either does not provide timeously or at all due to possible gross negligence or neglect. The province’s EMRS has recurrently embarked on protest action in various forms. This includes a go- slow over Easter when their services would have been in greater demand. While the DA believes the EMRS’ demands are legitimate, their actions must not be reckless. We urge all members of the service to engage responsibly and to ensure that they attend to all life threatening conditions by putting aside any labour issues they have with the department. The KZN Health department has the greater responsibility though and must ensure that the long outstanding matters such as EMRS overtime pay, danger allowance and OSD amongst others are immediately addressed. Repeated calls to resolve these issues have fallen on deaf ears, resulting in wanton loss of life. KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo has the authority to intervene but continues to demonstrate his and his department’s lack of empathy and care for the people of the province. Today the DA again called for the legislature to resolve that: * The Health MEC and the department urgently intervene to resolve the long outstanding matters of EMRS * A full investigation into this incident is undertaken * A commission of enquiry is launched to consider reports of similar incidents from such protest action Culpability for any death or disability as a result of delayed response must lie at the door of the MEC for his ongoing procrastination. [END] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################