The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has conducted a site visit at Tembisa Provincial Tertiary Hospital, north of Johannesburg, following allegations of poor treatment of patients, staff shortages and concerns around the state of infrastructure.
The commission's Gauteng provincial manager Buang Jones said it initiated the investigation following allegations in the media that the hospital's services were substandard and that conditions were poor. Last year, News24 reported that an employee was injured when the ceiling collapsed in the labour ward. This was one of several incidents involving infrastructure at Gauteng hospitals last year.
Hospital CEO Dr Lekopane Mogaladi acknowledged that the hospital "faced a number of issues". "We are a very, very transparent management… Ours is a job that entails life and death and, if we were to conceal any information of any matter, we might actually have debilitating outcomes," he said. "Our biggest responsibility is to put systems in places to ensure that the betterment of the lives of our people are realised."
Mogaladi added that the two biggest challenges the hospital faced were critical staff shortages and infrastructure issues. He said the hospital did not have the ideal number of staff per ward and per patient, but said staff were doing the best they could.
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