Broken theatre at Bheki Mlangeni hospital putting lives at risk

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Democratic Alliance on Monday reiterated that patients are suffering due to an operating theatre that has been broken for three months at the Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Soweto, but it’s a symptom of a far larger problem at this troubled hospital.

In October 2020 the hospital CEO Ruth Mabyana was put on precautionary suspension while facing a misconduct charge. This happened after the alleged rape of a psychiatric patient.

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health Jack Bloom said previous controversies included the murder of a patient by a psychiatric patient, and a jobs-for-pay scandal. “But the investigation into these matters has dragged on and on”.

Bloom added that according to a written reply by Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi to his questions in the Gauteng Legislature, the Open Water company has completed its investigation of the hospital but “due to internal capacity restraints is still in the process of engaging the Office of the Premier to assist with the implementation of some of the recommendations as contained in the final investigation report.”

Bloom stressed that this is an inexcusable delay which prevents the resolution of the deep management problems at this hospital. “I suspect the delay is because it threatens entrenched interests. Poor hospital management is evident with the latest crisis over a broken operating theatre.”

How can it be that an operating theatre is not fixed speedily?asked Bloom. He added The DA will continue to push for the public release of the Open Water investigation, and speedy implementation of its recommendations to fix the hospital.

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