Free State Universitas Hospital and the National District Hospital in Bloemfontein are short staffed.
DA Shadow Minister of Health, Patricia Kopane says Universitas only has one working lift for a more-than-ten-floor building. Kopane was speaking of her oversight visit at both hospitals. She says the visits form part of the DA’s continued assessment of the state of the health facilities available in the country.
Kopane says the building of the National Hospital is falling apart. “Many people in hospitals find themselves in places where certain things are not available and they try their best coping with the situation. I went to an Out Patients Department and found only one administration officer. The woman is working alone and you can imagine how many files she needs to file for patients who could be more than 100. She also has to take the patients for admission,” she says.