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FF Plus pressures Gauteng MEC for Health to restore communication to hospitals

The FF Plus has requested the Gauteng MEC for Health to urgently settle the dispute with Telkom so that the telephone services of 32 hospitals and 83 clinics in the province can be restored.

The MEC, Nomantu Nkomo-Raleholo, has had more than a week to resolve the problem. Some hospitals have been without a means of communication for more than ten days.

Doctors and staff members are compelled to use their private phones for referring seriously ill patients to district hospitals.

In addition, patients have no way of contacting their family members or making appointments.

The FF Plus itself phoned 17 hospitals and clinics, and only one operator at the Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria answered the phone.

The FF Plus notes the Department’s payment of R7,4 million to Telkom, but it is not enough. The problem should have been resolved long ago already.

The spokesperson for Gauteng’s Department of Health, Motalatale Modiba, gave the assurance that they are working on a long-term plan to develop an internal call system, but that does nothing to address the current problem.

Last week’s announcement by the Gauteng Premier, Panyaza Lesufi, during his SOPA, that the province will take over 18 private hospitals, is just a pipe dream. Clearly, the province cannot even manage its provincial hospitals successfully.

The FF Plus frequently receives complaints from patients who have had to wait years for treatment and operations.

The FF Plus will continue to put pressure on the MEC to ensure that the telephone services are restored as soon as possible.

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