21 January 2013

South Africa: IFP Is Concerned About the Crippling of Health Care Services in the KZN Province

press release

The Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu Natal is extremely perturbed about the current state of provincial healthcare.

“It is clear that many healthcare institutions are crumbling, like Addington hospital, St Benedictine hospital and now the speculation of closure of McCord hospital. This clearly demonstrates that the MEC for health, Dr Sbongiseni Dhlomo is unable to salvage this ailing situation and provide decisive action; this is the tip of the iceberg,” said Hon. Dr Usha Roopnarain, Shadow MEC for Health.

The IFP has received a number of complaints from patients at various clinics in the Province; this includes the Hlobane, Gateway and Njoko Clinic.

“It is inexcusable that patients have to suffer due to the incompetence of an ANC MEC. Coupled with this is the EMRS strike. Once again the department of Health has failed to deal with employees of EMRS. We have written to the HPCSA to seek advice on the scope and practice of paramedics. It is disturbing that paramedics are unable to perform their duties within their scope of practice; that is basic life support and advanced life support and are not being paid according to their scope of practice,” said Dr Roopnarain.

The IFP has written to the HPCSA to investigate this matter. The IFP calls on the urgent intervention of the Premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize as this situation cannot be allowed to continue.

“What we see is not the progressive realisation of healthcare, rather it is an absolute deterioration of healthcare,” said Dr Roopnarain.

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