Minister Mbombo requests urgent report on alleged ill-treatment at Mitchell’s Plain hospital

By Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Western Cape Minister of Health:

According to a media report this morning, a patient suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease was admitted to the Mitchell’s Plain District Hospital on the 24th of May 2015 and was allegedly subjected to ill-treatment. The family is reportedly aggrieved by the alleged misconduct by staff members.

While health facilities across the country are under severe pressures due to the increasing number of people who rely on the public health system, ill-treatment of patients is completely unacceptable and should be condemned wherever it occurs.

As of this morning, I have requested my department to launch an in-depth investigation into these allegations and to submit a full report to me as soon as all the facts have been gathered.

Daily, thousands of dedicated healthcare workers endeavour to make the public healthcare system better. We will not allow these efforts to be compromised. This is why I have requested this report to get to the bottom of this matter.

This 300-bed hospital opened in 2013 serves an estimated population of 432 462 people from the communities of Mitchell’s Plain, Phumlani, Mandalay, Browns Farm and Cross Roads, Manenberg, Klipfontein/Mitchells Plain/Philippi. We are proud of the levels of care that we have managed to offer the people of this area.

Inpatient services cover:

60 Medical adult beds.

60 Surgical adult beds.

60 Obstetrics beds, including 10 Kangaroo mother care.

30 Paediatrics beds.

35 Overnight beds.

Accident and Emergency Unit. (4 Resus, 13 Majors)

General Outpatients.

30 Mental Health Assessment unit

The dignity of patients must be protected at all times. If these allegations are true, we will take swift action in line with the core values of this government.