Big ups to Ramokgopa
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.