Sections of Tembisa Hospital building are unsafe

The entrance to Tembisa Hospital.

Large areas of Tembisa Hospital are unsafe, including the outpatients, obstetric and emergency wards, but there are no funds to fix them.

This is according to Jack Bloom MPL, DA Gauteng shadow health MEC.

He said Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa revealed this in a written reply to questions he asked in the Gauteng Legislature.

“I am very concerned that staff and patients are at risk in unsafe places in this hospital which is notoriously overcrowded and needs to be upgraded and extended,” Bloom said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Determined measures are needed to root out corruption and to ensure that the health department’s large R46.4-billion budget is spent effectively so that there are funds for urgent upgrades at unsafe hospitals.”

Bloom said Ramokgopa indicated that the following areas in this hospital contravene the Occupational Health and Safety Act: bulk store, accident and emergency unit, outpatients department, family medicine clinic, obstetric ward (mother and child unit), various wards and temporary structures, emergency medical service (EMS), public and staff parking facility, access points, as well as management of all wet services inclusive of the dolomite risk management plan which is not yet implemented.

“A new bulk store is planned as the current one is on unsafe dolomitic ground, with an estimated cost of R124-million. But this project, as well as other upgrading projects, are on hold because of financial constraints, and will only occur when funding becomes available,” Bloom added.

“Meanwhile, the EMS is currently functioning from makeshift containers and other services are also taking place in non-compliant temporary structures.”

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