Health compelled to act in Livingstone Hospital humanitarian crisis after DA motion passes

Issued by Jane Cowley, MPL
Shadow MEC for Health

The Department of Health has no choice but to immediately act against the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the Livingstone Hospital after the Democratic Alliance’s motion on the matter was unanimously adopted in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature during a sitting this afternoon.

The motion called for the Department to immediately settle all outstanding accruals to Johnson & Johnson and other service providers for vital equipment required in orthopaedic surgeries.

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Due to non-payment, dating as far back as 2019, these service providers have withdrawn their services and equipment from Livingstone Hospital, and surgeons cannot perform any operations as a result.

There are currently 70 patients with severe bone breaks and sepsis that urgently require surgery and doctors have warned that they face death, disability and disfigurement without urgent intervention.

As the motion was unanimously passed, the Department needs to act immediately to settle these accruals and fully pay suppliers to ensure that critical equipment required for these surgeries is made available as soon as possible.

Patients must then be triaged and undergo surgeries in the hope that they will not suffer permanent disfigurement or disability.

The DA will continue to advocate for the payment of all service providers within the prescribed thirty days to prevent such humanitarian crises from occurring in the future.