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Hospital staff's attitudes in focus

Opposition parties called on the Gauteng Health Department to address attitudes of staffers at hospitals.

Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu on Friday delivered her budget speech announcing an increased budget of R34 billion. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties have called on the Gauteng Health Department to urgently address the attitudes of staffers at hospitals where patients have reported ill treatment.

Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu on Friday delivered her budget speech announcing an increased budget of R34 billion.

Mahlangu delivered her department's budget speech for the 2015/2016 financial year and said while the budget had increased from the previous financial year, 33 percent will be allocated to the provision of primary healthcare.

R3 billion of the total budget has been allocated towards HIV/AIDS as well as education and clinical services.

The health department said it was also working to improve ARV intake by ensuring that patients didn't have to visit hospitals for collection.

An oversight report presented by the provinces health portfolio committee has highlighted staffing concerns raised by members of the public.

The acting chairperson of the health portfolio committee outlined various complaints in the local legislature.

"Doctors don't take proper care of the patients and leave them unattended. Kalafong Hospital has a problem of staff attitude and at Natalspruit Hospital nurses often threaten to expose the HIV status of patients."

The Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters have called on Mahlangu to act on the concerns.

The MEC claims the department has always taken adequate steps by implementing disciplinary action when necessary.