Patients must get needed medicine

THE DA is appalled to read that Dallas Oesterlein’s brother cannot rely on state clinics in the Eastern Cape for his medication (“Patients can’t get medicines from clinics”, The Herald, July 10).

The DA will visit the Walmer Clinic and insist in the provincial legislature that the sign stating that “We are not Clicks” is removed immediately, the matter is investigated, and those responsible are disciplined and retrained in ethics and patients’ rights. It is unfair and outrageous that a state patient who depends on warfarin and blood pressure medicine has been denied both drugs by a clinic!

If facts about treatment and drug use are incorrectly recorded on clinic cards, these cards are unreliable and pose a risk to patient healing which could be life-threatening. I appeal to Oesterlein to provide me with the names of clinics that failed to serve his brother fairly, the dates and times of his brother’s visits to the clinics, and the names of all out of stock drugs at these clinics.

Should his brother or any other state patient experience problems with drug stock-outs at clinics or hospitals, please e-mail me on

Celeste Barker, MPL

Shadow MEC for Health

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