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R500m West Rand Covid hospital faces uncertainty as 20 staff members set to leave

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The provincial authorities invested R460 million within the AngloGold Ashanti Hospital in Carletonville on the West Rand after it was recognized as a Covid-19 vital care facility. It was handed over to the well being division on Might 14. Photograph: Gauteng Authorities/Twitter

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It isn’t but clear what is going to occur to the multimillion-rand AngloGold Ashanti Hospital in Carletonville on the West Rand as about 20 workers members are set to depart on the finish of this month.

This was revealed by Gauteng Well being MEC Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi in a written reply to questions tabled by DA within the provincial legislature on Tuesday.

Mokgethi stated no choice had but been taken on the way forward for the hospital whose preliminary refurbishment price range of R50 million has allegedly ballooned to virtually R500 million.

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The provincial authorities invested R460 million within the AngloGold Ashanti Hospital in Carletonville on the West Rand after it was recognized as a Covid-19 vital care facility. It was handed over to the well being division on Might 14.

Since its official opening in Might final 12 months, Mokgethi stated there have been solely 147 Covid-19 sufferers handled on the hospital.

“The hospital was imagined to have 181 intensive care unit (ICU) beds to deal with Covid-19 sufferers. Nonetheless, solely 56 beds may be occupied by sufferers who don’t require ICU administration,” Mokgethi stated.

She stated the unit completely labeled to be an ICU had not been formally handed over to the division. “At present, there isn’t any mattress house that’s properly resourced to deal with sufferers who require ICU administration. There are additionally eight wards with a complete of 125 beds that haven’t been accomplished as a result of contractors haven’t but completed their work,” Mokgethi stated.

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Bloom, the DA spokesperson on well being in Gauteng, stated the division had spent about R6 million on workers for this hospital. “Nonetheless, there are solely 34 sufferers who’ve been handled there for the reason that starting of this 12 months. It’s no use pumping extra money into this white elephant hospital which is prone to turn out to be a ghost hospital with out workers or ample medical tools.

Bloom stated: 

The provincial authorities doesn’t even personal the constructing because the donation by the Anglo Ashanti mining firm has not been finalised.

He stated the Particular Investigating Unit (SIU) was probing corruption because the refurbishment invoice had allegedly escalated to greater than R500 million.

“In keeping with the SIU, six of the contractors had been irregularly appointed by the Gauteng division of infrastructure improvement with out a contract quantity, no invoice of portions and no scope of labor. It’s a main scandal that a lot cash was wasted on this hospital removed from main inhabitants centres when present hospitals should be refurbished and are determined for extra workers and tools to deal with sufferers,” Bloom stated.

Mokgethi stated her division was engaged on a method to retain the workers.


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