Letter to the editor – Committed staff keep health care afloat


By Harold McGluwa, MPL, DA Provincial Chairperson:

The public health care sector in the Northern Cape leaves much to be desired.

We have too few nurses, doctors and medical specialists, we have an ailing ambulance fleet and a shortage of emergency care officers, we experience out-of-stocks of essential medicines, mental health care services are lacking, forensic services are inadequate and our mortuaries are falling apart, and so on and so forth.

The new Harry Surtie Hospital is also not without its problems. However, in spite of a myriad of challenges, we must give credit where credit is due.

In this regard, I wish to highlight the commitment of personnel, who amidst the bustle of inadequacy within the provincial health care system, remain dedicated to serving the sick people of this province.

One such person is Ms Dinah Beukes, the CEO of Harry Surtie Hospital in Upington. When I contacted her after normal working hours regarding inadequate treatment being received by a community member, she acted with haste, wasting no time in driving down to the hospital to personally see to it that the patient was attended to.

It is the commitment of our nurses, doctors and staff members like Ms Beukes, who really keep the health care sector afloat.

Thank your Ms Beukes, and all the others like you – the public health sector needs you more now than ever before.