Bara must manage staff better - Mokonyane

Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane says staff shortages should not be used as an excuse for inadequate services to patients. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA
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SOWETO - Staff shortages should not be used as an excuse for inadequate services to patients at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Wednesday.

The premier inspected the Soweto facility and said she was pleased with how a turnaround strategy for Gauteng hospitals was being implemented.

But she said better management of staff was needed.

“The issue in Bara is not about a shortage of staff, it’s about how best you utilise the capacity that the hospital has.”

Physiotherapist Lauren Wyngaard said they do not have enough employees or equipment, but said doctors were doing their best to prevent that from affecting treatment.

“Treatment does not suffer because of the shortage of any equipment, so they (patients) still get the same treatment regardless of what equipment we have.”

Mokonyane visited patients in one of the hospital’s intensive care unit wards to get feedback on the treatment they had received.