The [b]Gauteng Health Department[/b] says its partnership with the private sector to deliver drugs to state hospitals experiencing shortages is working, reports [s]Eyewitness News[/s]. The health department has teamed up with the private sector which will share its contractors to rescue affected public facilities. The department says the partnership has allowed hospitals to continue functioning normally while the backlog is addressed. In recent weeks facilities such as the [b]Chris HaniBaragwanathHospital[/b] have had to postpone scheduled surgeries due to a shortage of anaesthetics. The department says affected hospitals are being restocked. Gauteng state hospitals have experienced serious drug shortages as the province’s contractors failed to deliver the volumes of medication required.
[b]Gauteng Health MEC[/b] Qedani Mahlangu is quoted in [s]Eyewitness News[/s] as saying that shortages of medication and equipment at the province’s hospitals are a result of suppliers not having the capacity to deliver what is required. Hundreds of patients have been forced to return home without getting scheduled medication while some non-urgent procedures have been postponed. Mahlangu says this is also due to a three month period in which new companies need to stock up on what’s required. She says the suppliers are not up to the task. Meanwhile, a legislature reply has revealed 70 staff members left the [b]Thembisa Hospital[/b] in the past year. Twenty-one doctors and 31 nurses are among the staff contingent that were either dismissed or resigned this year, raising the number of vacant paid-for posts to 90. Earlier this year, two [b]Johannesburg[/b] hospitals postponed non-urgent proceeds due to the shortages.