By Jack Bloom MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health:
The Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Jabulani in Soweto is short of 166 staff and about 40% of its beds are empty on average.
This is revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature.
Only 20% of beds at the gynaecology department are used, 29% at paediatrics and 31% at Maternity.
The hospital is short of 110 nurses, 49 support and administrative staff, and 6 doctors.
I am disappointed that this new hospital is grossly under-utilized, failing to take the strain off the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
The hospital was opened with great fanfare in May last year, but staff shortages need to be filled urgently in order to provide a proper service to patients in Soweto.