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Unstable Pelonomi proves that Free State Department of Health is failing

The ongoing strike at the Pelonomi Hospital in Mangaung is the direct consequence of instability in the Hospital's management and a failing provincial government. Medical services at the Hospital have been brought to a standstill due to the strike.

The Free State Department of Health admitted on Friday that the instability is the result of, among other things, vacancies in critical positions.

According to the response of the Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla, to a question from the FF Plus's health spokesperson, Philip van Staden, there is currently a shortage of 22 doctors and 113 nurses at the Hospital. Although the Department recognises that the vacancies for clinical staff members are a priority, these positions are still not being filled.

There is also a shortage of cleaners.

The lack of proper management is not limited to the Hospital, though. According to the Department's annual reports, which were tabled and discussed during a portfolio committee meeting in the Free State Legislature, it is clear that the ANC government cannot guarantee health care in the province.

Two district health councils are not functioning at all because there were no municipal councillors available for meetings.

In addition, there are four hospitals with dysfunctional councils.

The Department is also still struggling to collect outstanding debt amounting to R104 million from the Lesotho government.

It is clear that the ANC government is letting the people of the Free State down and that the Department of Health has been plunged into utter chaos.

The people of the Free State deserve better; they deserve a healthcare system that is managed well, one where their interests are a top priority.

 

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