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Health professionals gamble with their patients

Port Elizabeth, South Africa Current Affairs April 12 @ 3:34pm

By GODFREY SIGWELA

HEALTH professionals gambling with the lives of patients cost the state billion of rands in South Africa. It is alleged that these health professionals fumble when they provide treatment to the patients.

That has exposed patients into a malpractice and negligence. Some of the patients allegedly died in operating room on the hands of the gambling health practitioners. While other patients remained permanently disabled due to an alleged botch hospital operation.

Eastern Cape Province Department of Health in South Africa testified into these hospital malpractices and negligence. This department claim that they lost over one billion rands on legal claims. That followed a series of complaints lodged by the patients after being admitted and badly treated in hospital.

Provincial health spokesman Lwandile Sicwetsha said: "Eastern Cape Health Department and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) are inundated with complaints from the consumers of health service.

"They complaint about the malpractice related to incompetence and negligence amongst the health professions. That has been attributed to a lack of supervision, information, guidance, coaching and mentoring during the training of the health professionals."

He said: "Between 2010 and 2017 the department has paid more than one billion rands on medical legal claims and legal fees. For 2017/18 financial year the departmenthat paid more than forty million rands to state attorney. Subsequently to malpractice and negligence complaints."

But the Eastern Cape health department has took drastic measures to change this situation.

He added: "The  MEC Helen Sauls-August would oversee the induction seminar for the first year medical interns who have been allocated to do internship at the four accredited institutions in the province.

"It became important to collaborate with the accredited institutions to induct all first year medical students interns on policies, prescripts, HPCSA guidelines and ethical code of conduct.

"Training is provided for a period of 24 months. It aims at developing interns knowledge, skills, understanding and experience in patient care. The training is comprehensive and complementary to the health care system being developed in South Africa."
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