By Alan Fuchs MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Infrastructure Development:
Service delivery at the Leratong Hospital in Mogale City is in decline as a result of overcrowding due to a lack of infrastructure.
This was revealed during a follow up Infrastructure portfolio committee oversight visit to the hospital.
Staff, who are afraid to speak out due to victimization by management, indicated that both the casualty and medical wards need to be doubled in size to meet demand and the standard of services required.
No progress has been made to the upgrading of the dilapidated nurses home. In addition the hospital still has too few technical staff to preform maintenance and there are insufficient IT support resources to effectively implement the e-maintenance system
It was also revealed that the installation of lifts took two years to complete and that the project to install a new boiler had come to an abrupt standstill after being only 75% complete.
In addition, five mini theatres are standing idle.
The use of these facilities would contribute towards reducing the overcrowding as patients could have minor procedures performed there as opposed to being admitted to the wards.
Hospital staff indicated concern over the number of legal cases that arose from allegations of negligence during child birth, as well as the poor attitude of nursing staff towards patients.
The private sector has stepped in to the void and offered to refurbish infrastructure that should have been refurbished by DID. The CEO of Leratong Hospital indicated that the private sector had carried out work to the tune of R15 million.
DID has once again failed residents of Gauteng by not upgrading and maintaining critical infrastructure placed in its care.
The DA will continue to provide robust oversight in order to ensure that our people receive the services they rightfully deserve.