The Northern Cape MEC for Health – Fufe Makatong has expressed her concern over the ill-treatment of patients depicted in a Facebook post doing the rounds on social media. The post in question, comes exactly 25 days after MEC Makatong visited the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital (RMSH), where she engaged with patients and management on measures to decongest the casualty section and reduce long waiting times.
The department has since expressed its concern over the situation where patients’ constitutional rights were violated. “These conditions have left the MEC speechless. As a result, she distances herself to any attempts to justify such gruesome acts under her stewardship. MEC Makatong has since engaged the head of the administration in expressing her disappointment and disbelief in the role of management in this incident. Both the MEC and HoD have since agreed on a rescue plan to overhaul Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital management and will be discussed with the Hospital board on Tuesday, 29 January 2019,” said departmental spokesperson, Lebogang Majaha.
Majaha added that MEC Makatong further committed herself to engage the RMSH board and management on the following areas:
– The appointment of an interim CEO while awaiting the finalisation of the recruitment process that ensued towards a permanent CEO for RMSH, and
– The placement of roving ambulance and patient transporter for transference of none emergency patients to Galeshewe Day Hospital so that RMSH focus on emergency cases.
In addition, MEC Makatong will be convening an extra ordinary management meeting towards the development of a comprehensive District Health Services Plan solely intended to explore mechanisms for treatment of stable patients in the district hospitals across the province through specialist clinics.
Majaha concluded that the MEC has agreed with the HoD that the allocated funding by Provincial Treasury towards the operation of the New Mental facility and other five new facilities identified will be finalised before end of February 2019.