A shocking total of 3 832 patients died last year (2018) in Gauteng state hospitals as a result of 10 741 serious adverse events (SAEs).
SAEs are events arising from the healthcare environment and which may impact the medical outcome on a patient by either lengthening their stay or further complicating their condition.
According to Bloom, hospitals with the most recorded SAEs were:
– Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital: 1 763;
– Steve Biko Hospital: 893;
– George Mukhari Hospital: 766;
– Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital: 722;
– Helen Joseph Hospital 644;
– Thelle Mogoerane Hospital: 625;
– Tembisa Hospital: 517;
– Sebokeng Hospital: 511;
– Weskoppies Hospital: 504;
– Kopanong Hospital: 415;
– Bertha Gxowa Hospital: 409;
– Tambo Memorial Hospital: 393;
– Rahima Moosa Hospital: 385;
– Kalafong Hospital: 345;
– Leratong Hospital: 323.
The FF Plus has for some time been warning about the state of the country’s public hospitals and the time has come for effective efforts to resolve the deadly crisis that is clearly out of control.
The fact that South Africa’s public hospitals have degenerated into abattoirs and mortuaries can and should no longer be tolerated and the National Health Insurance (NHI) is not the answer to solving this problem.
Staff at state hospitals need to operate with almost no working equipment and there is a constant shortage of essential medicines.