Economic Freedom Frighters accuse Evander Hospital of negligence

Mr Thabiso Mofokeng reads from the memorandum during the EFF's picketing at the Evander Hospital.

The Economic Freedom Fighters described Evander Hospital as a slaughterhouse during their picketing at the hospital on Wednesday, 28 February.

The party accused the hospital of negligence and often prescribing wrong prescriptions to patients.

This was part of their national programme. The party announced at the beginning of the year that they would dedicate 2018 to challenge the lack of adequate health services in the country.

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Mr Thabiso Mofokeng, EFF councillor, said his party has also noticed that staff shortages are the biggest problem at the hospital.

He said they have spoken to staff members who informed them that this results in them having to work under immense pressure.

“There is not enough staff members and they do not have enough equipment. We ask the Department of Health to employ more doctors and nurses. This can improve service delivery. The patients are complaining about beds, that some of them have to sleep on the floor or share a bed because of other critical patients.

“Our community members from different clinics are turned away, because some nurses demand they bring referral letters from clinics. This leads to people literally spending a whole day in a queue, only to be informed about a referral letter.

“We are calling on Mr Jantjie Aphane, the CEO of the hospital, to improve service delivery at the reception area and to improve cleanliness and hygiene in the wards.”

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The party further demanded that Mr Aphane improve the treatment of patients and that HIV patients must be treated with respect and dignity.

Before handing over the memorandum, Mr Mofokeng lambasted the municipal legal team that wanted the picketing to becancelled and allegedly said it was illegal.

It is alleged they instructed the police to arrest the picketers.

Mr Mofokeng said the legal team is incompetent and only serves the interests of the ANC.

He thanked the police for co-operating and said his party is peaceful and will continue to constructively engage with the hospital.

Mr Aphane was accompanied by some of the hospital’s managers and thanked the picketers for peacefully picketing.

He will respond to the issues that are in his line of duty and will refer the other matters to his seniors.

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Sifiso Mathebula
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