Too few doctors in state hospital

Doctor shortage in Kwa-Zulu reaches crisis levels – DA

In what could have been an article about the health situation in many governmental hospitals in the country, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) spokesperson for Health, Dr Rishigen Viranna, told media that the doctor shortage had now reached crisis levels in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Members of the party were not allowed to carry out an inspection at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Phoenix after numerous complaints were received from patients and staff regarding the situation. Especially the out-patients and casualty departments were mentioned, with waiting times up to 10 hours tat a time to see a doctor. Overcrowding sees especially older patients arriving at 3am, only to be told to return the next day.

In a statement, the DA said that despite following all the correct steps for oversight inspections at hospitals, they were only informed of the decision not to be allowed into the hospital after consultation with the KZN Health MEC, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, who had not given permission for the visit.

The hospital treats an estimated 18 000 patients monthly and had only 350 beds available for an area with 1.5 million people. There are now only two doctors in the busy out-patient and casualty areas. Is this how the National Health Plan would operate? – Ed













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