MP Health Dept forks out R90m in medical negligence

MP Health Dept forks out R90m in medical negligence
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Of this amount, only R33 million has been paid out in current financial year.

The Mpumalanga department of health has to pay an amount of just over R94 million to victims of medical negligence at its hospitals.

When the patients suffered negligence under the hands of nurses and doctors, their relatives went to courts, suing the provincial department for the suffering caused to the patient.

DA shadow health MEC in the Mpumalanga province, Jane Sithole, said of all the nurses and doctors who were found to have been on the wrong in cases in which the department was sued, were protected and no disciplinary actions taken against them.

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“The DA calls on the Mpumalanga Health Department to take meaningful action against health workers who have been found to be negligent,” said Sithole.

“Although healthcare practitioners who are found to have been negligent during their practice are protected under regulation 12 of the Treasury Regulations in terms of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) it does not stop the Department from taking internal action against them,” she said.

Departmental spokesman Dumisani Malamule promised to comment once a statement from his office has been approved by the head of department.

(edited by MLM)

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