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New ‘hospital of death’ CEO is a man with plans to provide hope


New ‘hospital of death’ CEO is a man with plans to provide hope

Dr Ashley Mthunzi is determined to turn Tembisa around, starting with its menu and the attitude of its staff


One of the first things Tembisa Hospital’s newly appointed CEO did when he took over the role was to ask executive members to help themselves to a plate of food usually served to patients. 

“That was a good exercise because they came back and I asked them whether they would serve that food in their homes to their children. All of them said without doubt they would not,” said Dr Ashley Mthunzi. 

“That was a challenge, because if you cannot taste the pudding, you must not cook it or serve it,” he added. “Fundamentally, I wanted us to all be on the same page of owning whatever we are dishing. Until we get to a point where our own relatives can come and sleep at this hospital for treatment, we have not turned the tide.”..

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