Boss says hospital has action plan
Strategies in place to fix ‘challenges’
Embattled Thelle Mogoerane Hospital chief executive Nomonde Mqhayi-Mbambo said the hospital had “78 vacant” posts and they had measures in place to deal with the challenges.
“What we do daily is that we look at the number of patients and staff personnel on duty, and where necessary we use overtime and nursing agencies ... our head office was there to assess our nurse:patient ratio to see how they can help us get additional personnel,” she said.
On security concerns, Mqhayi-Mbambo, said they had put measures in place to tighten security, however she felt it’s wasn’t sufficient. Security guards started returning to work on Saturday.
Mqhayi-Mbambo said she was aware of only five cases of patients that “had absconded”, but couldn’t respond to recent cases due to a “communication breakdown” at the hospital.
“As soon as everything is normalised, we are going to do a tally of all adverse events during this period and give a full report.”
Mqhayi-Mbambo added the hospital denied there were patients sleeping on the floor.
However, four independent sources confirmed that “due to overcrowding in the casualty unit, patients are made to sleep on the floor, some for as long as three days”.
Mqhayi-Mbambo confirmed a patient hung himself and said a case was being investigated by police. – Isaac Mahlangu