Sabie Hospital failing the poor of Mpumalanga

By Jane Sithole, MPL, Spokesperson on Health:

The National Office of Health Standards Compliance (HSC), has ranked Sabie Hospital in Thaba Chweu municipality, as the worst hospital in the province.

This was revealed in a response to a DA parliamentary question on the survey conducted by the national office of Health standards Compliance (HSC) for Mpumalanga healthcare facilities.

Click here to view the response.

In the response, MEC Gillion Mashego mentioned that the department of health has developed a turnaround strategy for Sabie Hospital which was developed in November 2014. This strategy however, focusses on the provincial department’s shortcomings and not so much on the hospital administration as it highlights the shortage of medical equipment, medicines and cleaning materials which fall under the provincial department’s competency.

The DA will insist in the Legislature that this strategic plan be tabled for reconsideration. We cannot allow poor performing hospitals to deny quality healthcare because the plans to turn around their performance are inadequate.

The actual state of the Sabie Hospital building is also highlighted, although the turnaround strategy states that a contractor is on site and is in progress of building a new Out Patient Department (OPD), renewing the maternity unit and relocating the male general ward.

The most recent unannounced survey by the HSC was conducted from 9 to 11 June 2015, where Matikwane Hospital in Bushbuckridge was also surveyed.

Matikwane Hospital scored very low on its six priority areas, but what is most concerning is that this hospital scored the following dismal results;

  • 28% for cleanliness,
  • 47% for availability of medicines and supplies,
  • 42% patient safety and security,
  • 52% on infection control,
  • 54% positive and caring attitudes and
  • 58% on waiting times.