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All posts relating to Celeste Barker in the Eastern Cape Legislature

Letter to the editor: EMS deserve better: Daily Dispatch

The DA is deeply disturbed to read (Daily Dispatch: 14 06 18) that Paramedics and EMS staff are suffering and unprotected. Our Paramedics and EMS staff suffer firstly because they not safe at work and secondly because they are not accompanied by Security Guards despite the dangerous nature of their work. Thirdly complaints from EMS staff include delays in the payment of overtime work and dangerous working conditions in which, for example, …


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Shortage of psychiatrists shocker at Eastern Cape state mental health facilities

Tower Hospital Cell   Three of the seven state mental health facilities in the Eastern Cape do not have permanent psychiatrists. The current focus on conditions at the Tower Hospital in Fort Beaufort must be expanded to the other psychiatric facilities in the province as well. Shocking revelations of the systemic failure and inadequacy at these facilities are contained in a reply to a legislature question I asked the new …


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Speech notes by Celeste Barker MPL, speaking on the debate on the 2018/19 budget vote for the Department of Health. 17 May 2018

Honourable Premier, Madam Speaker, MECs, Colleagues and Distinguished Guests. I addressed rights issues in this chamber on Tuesday and will do so again today. Since the beginning of this term of office, the Eastern Cape Department of Health has spent much of its time on the defensive to the detriment of its patients and its mandate to serve our people’s health needs. I will, therefore, describe just how this inability …


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Speech notes by Celeste Barker MPL, DA response to the 2018/19 budget for Vote 1, OTP Special Programmes. 15 May 2018

Honourable Premier, Madam Speaker, MEC’s, distinguished guests in the gallery – Molweni Nonke! The DA is grateful for the opportunity to participate in today’s budget vote. We share the President’s concerns about our unequal society and look forward to seeing the dream of a true, rights-based culture and equality being extended to all the people of our province. It is an indisputable fact that despite many valiant efforts to build …


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65 year old patient instructed to urinate in a blanket

I have submitted questions to the MEC for Health, Dr Phumza Dyantyi, regarding the maltreatment of Mr Donovan Nolan who was admitted to the Dora Nginza Hospital on 24 February 2018. On the day that he arrived at the Hospital, Mr Nolan was transferred to a steel trolley without a mattress, blanket or pillow. The sides of the trolley were broken, cardboard was used for shoulder support and old used bandages …


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EC patients deserve proactive not reactive DOH management

I have written to the Health Ombudsman and requested a full investigation into all conditions and circumstances in the Oncology Department of the PE Provincial Hospital that led to the breakdown of their last functional lift eight days ago.  To view the letter, please click here: Letter Under the curatorship of the ANC-led provincial government, the formerly well maintained PE Provincial Hospital fell into disrepair when the only functional lift available for Oncology patients broke …


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Deception at Tower Hospital must be investigated

The DA is deeply disturbed and concerned about the well-choreographed show that was presented to a DA delegation that visited the Tower Psychiatric Hospital in Fort Beaufort on Monday 12 March 2018. It became clear to us that the hospital was cleaned up and prepared for the visit. We agree with the article published in Rapport on Sunday, 11 March, in which it was reported how workers were made to …


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Question papers: Fifth session 2018/2019

IQP 1 ORAL IQP 2 fifth session IQP 3 fifth session IQP 4 fifth session IQP 5 fifth session IQP 6 fifth session IQP 7 ORAL IQP 8 fifth session IQP 9 fifth session IQP 10 fifth session IQP 12 ORAL IQP 13 fifth session IQP 14 fifth session IQP 15 fifth session IQP 16 fifth session IQP 17 ORAL IQP 18 fifth session IQP 19 fifth session IQP 20 …


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Speech notes by Celeste Barker MPL: Debate on State of the Province Address, 28 February 2018

Our health system is falling apart Honourable Premier, Madam Speaker, colleagues and guests, I greet you all and wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018. Ladies and gentlemen, health matters to each of us no matter who we are and where we live. Our Provincial Department of Health has an obligation to all its patients, service providers and staff, to keep us healthy and well. In his 2015 State …


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Health department personnel shortages remain critical despite filling of 1 800 posts

There are more than 7 000 vacancies in the Department of Health of which almost 3 000 of are for the much-needed nursing personnel. The DA welcomes the R300-million set aside to fill 1 800 vacancies within the department, as reported in the media last week.  However, we remain concerned by the high number of vacant clinical and non-clinical posts. Staff shortages in hospitals and clinics will continue to cripple our …


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