Victoria owns up – agrees to investigate patient’s AWOL

Written by MafikengMail. Posted in Editor's Viewpoint

The fact that Victoria Private Hospital has reportedly acknowledged publicly an incident in which a patients was discharged from the hospital with a needle from a drip still stuck in his arm and that the same patient had disappeared from the ward and was found outside the hospital premises recently took a lot of guts and courage.

While some family members and many in the wider public the sector might not forgive the hospital for the lack of professionalism which first led to the disappearance from the ward of Kutlwano Mogashoa who was a patients from the Mahikeng-based institution and was later discharged from the hospital with a drip needle stuck in his arm, some argued that the hospital management had done enough to explain themselves and deserved to be pardoned.

Others believe that the hospital should only be forgiven after they had written a report from their investigation into the matter which report must be made public.

Victoria has in recent months been in the news for all the wrong reasons with members of the community accusing the institution of promoting poor health standards. The deaths of some patients who had received treatment or had been admitted for different ailments have been received with mixed feelings by family members some making all sorts of allegations and or questioning the qualifications of resident medical doctors.

While there has been no prove so far of any negligence on the part of any doctor or medical staff , we believe that a full scale probe into the actual qualifications and performance of some medical staff including doctors could help to disprove the negative public attitudes against staff whose qualifications have been in doubt in the public domain.

In their reaction, the provincial health department said through their spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane that the health sector was faced with many problems affecting the delivery of health services across the land.

These included nurses going on strikes and protest action almost daily, workers unions affiliated to health institutions also embarking on strikes while making demands for a variety of issues affecting health services.

“Now we see that even in the private sector there are challenges which then takes away the myth that only public health facilities have this problem, Lekgethwane said arguing that the government was powerless to act as Victoria was acting as a private facility. However, we do have the Health Professions Council of South Africa where incidents like these can be reported”.