National Government pays medical staff in FS

Photo: Albert Nzula Hospital in Trompsburg. Photo: Christopher Clarke

The National Department of Health is going to sponsor the salary bill for all staff at the Albert Nzula District Hospital in Trompsburg for three years. This is according to Free State premier, Ace Magashule.
The hospital, due to be opened later this year, has been gathering dust for more than two years after construction was completed. A faulty sewerage line and shoddy planning were apparently the reason for the delay in the opening of the hospital. Opposition parties, however, expressed concern that the official opening of the multi-million rand hospital has been delayed because of the financial woes of the Free State Health Department.
Allegations were that the department, which has been put under administration more than a year ago, simply just does not have the money to staff the hospital and open its doors. Magshule, however, said that the national health department has stepped in and is going to assist its cash strapped provincial counterpart. This comes amid fears that the shortage of medical staff in the province might also affect the hospital. Free State Health MEC, Butana Komphela, said in an answer to a question in the provincial legislature, his department advertised 77 posts for the hospital but admitted that the hospital needs a staff complement of 196.
During his State of the Province Address, Magashule said the opening of the hospital was delayed because the provincial government needed to ensure the safety of nurses, doctors, patients and general workers. He said the opening of the hospital would also boost the province’s employment figures and that general workers in the area are going to receive preference. He said the provincial government also wants to make sure that the hospital is going to deliver state-of-the-art health service. Magashule said medical equipment for the hospital has already been purchased. Now the only thing left on the to-do list, is the appointment of staff.