The Gauteng Provincial Legislature Health Committee has once again misled the public by announcing the re-opening of the Kempton Park Hospital.
During a recent “taking government to the people” visit to the community of Tembisa at the Rabasotho Hall by the Gauteng Provincial Legislature Health committee; head of department (HOD) Dr Barney Selebano has once again announced the long awaited re-opening of the Kempton Park hospital.
Whilst the DA welcomes the need to add a hospital facility to the growing community of Tembisa; we hope that this is not another ploy by the Health Department to quieten community demands, by repeating delayed plans.
Previously announced promises to re-open the old hospital have never materialised. In August 2013 the Health Department announced that the hospital would be rebuilt within two years.
The Department of Health has no assigned budget for the year 2015 to refurbish the derelict building that has become nothing but a ghost town.
Announcing to the public a long term plan that the HOD knows will possibly only materialize in 2017 creates false hope by the Health Department to the community – misleading them – simply to silence their demands.
To this end the DA will be submitting written questions to Gauteng Department of Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu to finally answer the repeated question when the Kempton Park hospital will be re-opened?
Refiloe Nt’sekhe MPL
DA Constituency Head of Tembisa
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