Gauteng knew hospitals’ dire safety diagnosis for years but did little
One of the hospitals that was flagged for hazards was Charlotte Maxeke, where a fire broke out this month
From at least as far back as 2017, officials in Gauteng have known that hospitals in the province are unsafe, but little has been done to remedy the situation.
The provincial government admitted in early March that it had not made much progress in addressing concerns it raised regarding the safety standards at 32 hospitals in the province.
This comes about two years after, during a presentation to the Gauteng legislature’s health committee in 2019, the provincial health department revealed that 32 hospitals needed R6bn to make them compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act...