Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Jack Bloom, has slammed the Gauteng Health Department over “gross incompetence in handling discipline”. “Known crooks and incompetents are working in Gauteng hospitals despite being found guilty and dismissed,” Bloom is quoted in The Citizen as saying. “According to a written reply by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature, 37 employees in Gauteng public hospitals are working in their jobs despite being dismissed for offences that include fraud, gross misconduct, assault and theft.”
Bloom claimed most of them were initially suspended, but were allowed back because their appeals were not heard within the required 30 days. “The reason they are still working is because of long delays in hearing their appeals against dismissal. Out of 47 appeals, ten people were dismissed because of absence, but 37 others remain in their jobs earning a full salary,” Bloom said.
The Gauteng health department spokesperson Prince Hamnca disputed the claim, saying 67% of outstanding disciplinary claims had been finalised. “The Advisory Appeals Committee considered 25 of 37 cases reported to the Gauteng Legislature as outstanding,” Hamnca said. “These are in the process of being delivered to the affected parties, progressively. The Appeals Committee considers all appeals lodged by employees found guilty of an offence and meted with a sanction including dismissal.” Hamnca noted the committee now sat “at least” three times a month to fast track the process and clear the backlog.Full report in The Citizen