Tuesday, June 15, 2010

17 doctors quit - no crisis, says MEC

17 doctors quit - no crisis, says MEC
2010-06-14 22:04
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Johannesburg -
The resignation of 17 doctors from the Leratong Hospital was not a crisis, the Gauteng health department said on Monday.
"Contrary to what has been reported in the media, our hospitals, clinics and emergency services stand ready to deal with any situation that may arise. This is due to the measures we have put in place," Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu said in a statement.
"So far, our emergency personnel have able to respond satisfactorily to a number of incidents since the World Cup started."
Mahlangu said four doctors resigned after their community contracts expired, three moved to tertiary institutions, four moved to the regional health department, three moved to the private sector and three left without providing further information.
However, Democratic Alliance spokesperson Jack Bloom claimed they resigned because of bad management at the hospital.
"This hospital faces a staff crisis as there are now 29 vacancies for doctors and 52 vacancies for nurses," Bloom said.
"The root of this problem is bad management. Doctors are leaving because they are poorly managed and staff are not properly disciplined after complaints."
FIFA designated
He said Leratong was a FIFA-designated hospital for the soccer World Cup, but was poorly prepared for the extra casualties from "rowdy" soccer fans, let alone any full-scale disaster.
Bloom said strong action was needed to enable the hospital to provide a proper service.
Mahlangu, meanwhile, said FIFA had expressed confidence in the province's health facilities.
Five hospitals and two community health centres were World Cup referral facilities in the event of emergencies. The province had also extended working hours at various facilities, the department said.
It had obtained 181 more ambulances to deal with the additional load and had recruited 321 emergency personnel. Its forensic pathology services would work around the clock during the tournament.
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