Thousands of people have expressed outrage over misspelt signs at the Helen Joseph Hospital that I posted on Twitter earlier this week.
The signs read as follows:
• Palliance Care
• Dinning Wall
My tweet went viral and Helen Joseph Hospital responded that “The signage was put up a few weeks ago and was immediately corrected after the errors were identified.”
But people were justifiably not satisfied with this response and questioned how this could happen in the first place.
We need to know what fishy company got the contract for this sign, why they were so incompetent and what they were paid for it.
Is this another example of corruption such as we have seen at the Tembisa Hospital which grossly overpaid for items like skinny jeans and luxury armchairs?
I have put in the following questions in the Gauteng Legislature to be answered by the Gauteng Health Department:
“With regard to the signage that was placed in the Helen Joseph Hospital that included “Palliance Care”, “Anaestheasia” and “Dinning Wall”, will the MEC please indicate:
1. What company did the signage;
2. What process was followed in appointing this company;
3. If it was a quote process, what were the companies that gave quotes and how much in rands and cents were each of these quotes;
4. Why were these companies chosen to give the quotes;
5. Who chose the company that did the signage;
6. Why were these mistakes made;
7. How much in rands and cents was paid to the company that made the signs;
8. How many signs in total were put up and how many needed to be replaced;
9. What was the wrong language on the signs that were replaced (please give the actual language in each instance);
10. What was the consequence management for this embarrassing mistake?”
I am determined to get to the bottom of this matter.
There is far too much abuse of hospital money while patients suffer because of poor care.
Murdered whistleblower Babita Deokaran uncovered massive corruption at the Tembisa Hospital with suspicious companies controlled by a few individuals.
This may be the case at other hospitals as well.
The DA proposes that all hospital contracts are made public on a website so as to pick up anomalies and enforce compliance with financial controls. This would ensure that competent companies are used that provide value for money instead of ripoffs.