The FF Plus intervened at Steve Biko Hospital in Pretoria after a patient called for help from the FF Plus in desperation.
Last Friday, ironically, during a session of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Health, the FF Plus heard firsthand about a patient’s shocking experience at this hospital.
The patient (whose name is withheld) was broken and the hospital left him without food or water for ten days because he had to undergo surgery to re-attach the arm and the procedure was postponed day after day due to an overcrowded theater. Meanwhile, the arm began to turn black and the person was in severe pain.
To make matters worse, he was in Ga-Rankuwa Hospital for two days, where he also received no treatment. He was admitted to Steve Biko Hospital on October 2
The FF Plus was informed about the incident at 09:15 and immediately informed the chair of the portfolio committee, the Gauteng MEC for health as well as the Gauteng department of health about the incident.
By 10:39, the patient was already taken to the theater and the operation was done. He called the FF Plus after the operation to say thank you for the intervention. The FF Plus is glad he was able to help and wishes the person a speedy recovery.
This single incident once again sheds light on public health in South Africa which is in a tremendous crisis throughout the country and it highlights the FF Plus’ position that health care will only be driven further into the abyss under a program such as the National Health Insurance (NHI) that the government wants to impose on all South Africans.
The FF Plus will continue to fight on behalf of the public against irregularities and incompetence and will not hesitate to hang incidents like this on the big clock.
Maladministration and public health mismanagement must be eradicated with root and branch. The FF Plus, meanwhile, is kept informed of the patient’s progress and further treatment in the hospital and will visit him soon.
The FF Plus requested an investigation into the incident.