The DA is deeply concerned at the daily trauma that patients and staff must endure at the New Brighton Clinic under the reign of terror by criminals. On Friday (subs: 21 October) four men allegedly stole wages from a service provider at gunpoint on the grounds of the clinic.
It is ironic that wages were taken from men who were erecting a safety fence! The thieves stole the service provider’s cell phone and staff wages amounting to approximately R7 000.
Such thuggery and theft should not go unpunished. The ongoing criminal behaviour at places of healing is morally and ethically wrong and safe passage to our clinics and hospitals should be guaranteed. Staff and patients should not be vulnerable and place their lives at risk simply by going to work and seeking service at a clinic.
The DA cares for the safety and wellbeing of patients and staff at our health facilities. I have submitted legislature questions to the MEC of Health, Dr Phumza Dyantyi, asking why security staff still have only batons, despite our earlier request for increased security measures at besieged facilities.
We are pleased that the Department of Health is fencing the premises of the New Brighton Clinic as per our recommendation and suggest that the department employs another four security guards at this clinic. The department must see to it that every single member of staff has a connected, fully functional panic button while on duty at this dangerous health facility.
All the people of our province deserve reliable service at clinics and hospitals that provide caring treatment in secure, crime free spaces.
The DA will continue to point out the criminal activities taking place at clinics in our province to the MEC and to the legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Health. — Celeste Barker MPL, Shadow MEC for Health