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Shortage of psychiatrists shocker at Eastern Cape state mental health facilities

June 9th, 2018

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

May 19th, 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

May 16th, 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

May 3rd, 2018

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

May 2nd, 2018

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

March 15th, 2018

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

February 26th, 2018

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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DA assists in cleanup of neglected Zanempilo clinic in Gonubie

February 13th, 2018

The overgrown grounds of the Zanempilo Clinic in Mzamomhle in Gonubie are so appalling that members of the Democratic Alliance assisted staff and patients by cutting the shoulder- high, overgrown grass recently. Clinics are the lifeblood of our state healthcare services and the first point of call for those whose health depends entirely on the services provided by the Eastern Cape Department of Health. I am shocked by the overcrowding …

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Health MEC must act against negligent Livingstone Hospital staff

January 25th, 2018

An urgent investigation and action must be taken by Health MEC Dr Phuza Dyantyi following an incident last night (subs: 23 Jan 2018), when staff in the Oncology Ward at the Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth failed to assist a vulnerable patient who suffered a bloody fall from his hospital bed. The MEC must answer for ongoing incidents of negligence by staff at the hospital. The family of JC Botha, …

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EMS staff risk life and limb

January 10th, 2018

The DA is horrified to learn that a female ambulance driver was injured on duty by a brick thrown at her by two men at 02:30 on Friday, 15 December 2017 (reference – Weekend Post: 16 December 2017). Our EMS staff risk life and limb to provide speedy lifesaving services and emergency care and, in so doing, jeopardise their personal safety and wellbeing. It is absolutely unacceptable that a female …

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