Boss says hospi­tal has ac­tion plan

Strate­gies in place to fix ‘chal­lenges’

Sowetan - - News -

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

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