Generator fails as Bara Hospital ICU hit by power cut

By Jack Bloom MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health:

Medical staff had to move 14 patients out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital early this morning when the power failed and the generator failed to kick in.

The power failed at about 5.30 am and doctors and nurses rushed patients who needed ventilation to other parts of the hospital that had power. Without their intervention the patients would have died.

Technicians are busy with the generator but power has still not been restored.

Other parts of the hospital are still in darkness.

I am appalled that yet again there has been a generator failure at this hospital.

There has to be accountability and firm steps taken to ensure that this never happens again.

It highlights yet again the continuing incompetence of the Infrastructure Development Department which is responsible for maintenance at the hospital.