Bed sores rise at Joburg hospital

There has been a worrying increase in bed sores at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, rising from 208 bed sores in 2014 to 322 in 2016. This is revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature. The figures of recorded…

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Mental health NGOs struggle with inadequate subsidies

As more horrors are revealed at the Esidimeni arbitration hearings, a report adopted yesterday by the Gauteng Legislature’s Health Committee finds that mental health NGOs in Gauteng are struggling with inadequate subsidies, new licensing requirements, and proper staffing and infrastructure. This report is based on visits by committee researchers to…

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4000 vacant critical posts in Gauteng hospitals

Gauteng state hospitals have more than 4 000 vacancies in critical medical posts, including specialists, pharmacists, professional nurses and doctors. This is revealed in the Gauteng Health Department’s 2016/17 Annual Report that was tabled recently in the Gauteng Legislature. According to the report, the vacancy rates in critical medical posts…

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Discipline of top Esidimeni officials put on hold

The disciplinary cases of two top Gauteng Health Department officials have been put on hold pending the finalization of their appeal against the Health Ombudman’s findings about the deaths of patients transferred from Life Esidimeni to unsuitable NGOs. This is revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa in a written…

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Qedani Mahlangu must be summoned to Esidimeni hearings

I am dismayed that former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu is not on the list of witnesses to appear before the alternative dispute resolution hearings presided over by former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. She is undoubtedly the prime cause of the Esidimeni tragedy in which at least 118 mental…

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