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Gauteng health department pays R228 million for medical negligence

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Gauteng Well being MEC Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi. Photograph: Equipped

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The Gauteng well being division has 78 court-ordered attachments of its checking account to pay for medical negligence.

In a reply to the DA’s questions within the provincial legislature on Monday, Well being MEC Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi stated the division had paid R228 million.

Mokgethi stated the quantities paid out ranged from R7 301 for a case first laid in 2014 to R18.1 million (the most important quantity) for a case that additionally dated again to 2014.

The oldest case dates again to 2013 for an quantity of R8.99 million.

She stated:

The division is participating the provincial treasury on the difficulty of delayed or late funds as per the provisions of the State Legal responsibility Act with a view of mitigating these dangers.

DA’s shadow MEC for well being Jack Bloom stated beforehand, that the Sheriff of the Court docket used to connect furnishings from the division’s head workplace, however attorneys now connect the division’s checking account immediately.

“It’s shameful that the division must be compelled to pay court-ordered damages as a substitute of paying promptly following the court docket case. In the meantime, the victims of medical negligence have to attend longer for the funds which can be as a consequence of them,” he stated.

READ: Gauteng well being: negligence instances in public hospitals almost double

Earlier this month, the division reported that it obtained 157 new summonses final yr and was dealing with claims of about R1.6 billion in medical negligence lawsuits.

The division stated the authorized attachment of its funds was an enormous problem as this diminished its skill to render companies to sufferers as highlighted within the Structure.

READ: R1.6 billion in medical negligence claims threatens to break down Gauteng healthcare system

Bloom stated 6 910 severe adversarial occasions had been recorded in Gauteng public hospitals final yr, in comparison with 4 701 in 2020 and 4 170 in 2019.

“This highlights the pressing want to enhance hospital administration, fill all workers vacancies and guarantee working gear in order that sufferers get correct care with out medical negligence.”


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