DA supports union demands to fix Bara hospital

by Jack Bloom MPL – DA Gauteng Shadow Health MEC

The Democratic Alliance supports the demands of trade unions who are marching today to draw attention to corruption and short staffing at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

Their demands include the release of an investigation report into corruption and irregular appointments, the removal of the Acting CEO Dr Sifiso Maseko and corrupt officials, and the filling of vacant posts.

It is inexcusable that this hospital has not had a permanent CEO for more than two and a half years since former Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu removed the former CEO in January 2016 without explanation.

I suspect that former CEO Sandile Mfenyane was removed because he blocked corrupt contracts.

Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has said that the CEO position was advertised with a closing date of 15 December 2016 and four applications were received, so why has it still not been filled?

This hospital desperately needs a competent and honest CEO to effectively manage its R3.5 billion budget and 6 000 employees.

Changes are needed to improve care as 4320 Serious Adverse Events that harmed patients were recorded from January 2016 to June this year.

I hope that the Department responds constructively to today’s march which needs to be peaceful and not disruptive to patients.