Big ups to Ramok­gopa

The Sunday Independent - - LEADER -

GAUT­ENG Health MEC Dr Gwen Ramok­gopa should be com­mended for be­ing de­ci­sive in deal­ing with ag­grieved staff at Soweto’s Bheki Mlan­geni Hos­pi­tal where op­er­a­tions have been marred by al­le­ga­tions of sex-for­jobs scan­dals and a short­age of doc­tors, among other is­sues.

Ramok­gopa has promised six new doc­tors to re­lieve the pres­sure on the 14 who are cur­rently deal­ing with an ex­cess of 5 000 pa­tients a month, forc­ing them to work over­time. This im­pacts neg­a­tively on pa­tient care.

The shenani­gans at this hos­pi­tal have been going on for far too long and it is great news that some­thing is be­ing done to en­sure smooth ac­cess to health ser­vices. For far too long, town­ship health-care cen­tres have pro­vided sub­stan­dard ser­vices.

We are also chuffed that Ramok­gopa has de­clared zero-tol­er­ance to cor­rup­tion. To date, the hos­pi­tal has dis­missed 11 em­ploy­ees, nine have re­signed and two have ab­sconded since dis­ci­plinary action was taken against them.

Hope­fully other gov­ern­ment de­part­ments will take a leaf from Ramok­gopa’s book and do the same in their spheres of op­er­a­tion. This is the only way to end the scourge of cor­rup­tion that gnaws at ev­ery so­cial fi­bre in this country.

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