DoH ac­qui­si­tion of St Mary’s good news

The Mercury - - OPINION -

THE Demo­cratic Al­liance in KwaZulu-Natal wel­comes the take-over of St Mary’s Hos­pi­tal in Mar­i­an­hill by the prov­ince’s Depart­ment of Health.

The DA has long ad­vo­cated such a move, which will ul­ti­mately save hun­dreds of jobs, while en­sur­ing the con­ti­nu­ity of ser­vices to the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity. It will also save the DoH the enor­mous costs as­so­ci­ated with hav­ing to build a new fa­cil­ity in the area from scratch.

We sin­cerely hope that its ac­qui­si­tion will al­low fa­cil­i­ties such as the RK Khan Hos­pi­tal and, to some de­gree, the Prince Mshiyeni Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal to de­con­gest. If all goes well, the re­duced num­ber of pa­tients at these fa­cil­i­ties should see an im­prove­ment in wait­ing times and ser­vices cur­rently be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced by out-pa­tients.

This newly ac­quired fa­cil­ity can­not be­come a vic­tim of the de­cay so preva­lent un­der this depart­ment and its MEC, and the DA is com­mit­ted to keep­ing a close eye on what hap­pens at St Mary’s. We will also re­quest that KZN’s Health port­fo­lio com­mit­tee mon­i­tors progress.

DR IM­RAN KEEKA, MPL DA KZN Spokesper­son on Health

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