Disgraceful barring of media from Bara Hospital

Chris Hani Baragwanath

I am appalled that members of the media were yesterday barred access to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.   According to a report, they were invited to accompany the Public Service Commission on an inspection of the hospital, but the hospital’s CEO Sandile Mfenyane said he was following instructions from…

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Who was consulted on the renaming of Gauteng hospitals?

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has said that “following a community participation process” three hospitals will be renamed, but previous procedures to ensure wide public involvement in such a matter have not been followed. According to Makhura, the Zola-Jabulani Hospital will be named after Bheki Mlangeni, the Natalspruit Hospital will be…

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Urgent need for Edenvale Hospital to be expanded

The Edenvale Hospital runs at an average 98% capacity, which often leads to over-crowding in casualty, and needs to be expanded from 230 beds to 450 beds. This was a major concern expressed by Dr Norman Kearnes, the hospital CEO, during a visit by the Gauteng Legislature’s Health Committee on…

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Answers still needed on child deaths at Lenasia Clinic

I welcome Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu’s visit yesterday to the Lenasia South Clinic, but I am not satisfied that a full explanation has been given for why security guards barred two young children who died without being admitted. It seems to me that clinic management is primarily to blame…

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R14 million spent on half-built clinic in Randfontein

R14.2 million has been spent on a half-built clinic in Randfontein on the West Rand that was supposed to be completed in July last year. This is revealed by Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature. According to Mayathula-Khoza, construction…

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