Psychiatric workers want CEO out

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Healthcare workers at the Free State Psychiatric Complex demanded that the CEO and her management team be fired. This is according to FS Department of Health spokesperson Mondli Mvambi, after Head of Department (HOD) Dr David Motau, attended to the allegations that patients were receiving less than acceptable health care services.

“The HOD appealed to these workers that the prescripts of the law have to be applied to the letter by following the processes of Labour Relations,” said Mvambi.

“Dr David Motau emphasised that it was in the best interest of the patients that are being served at this facility that the workers did not take the law into their own hands but allow management to investigate the allegations and act according to the prescripts of the law,” he added.

As a result of allegations officials have been placed under suspension. “On account of the seriousness of the allegations levelled against the CEO, the Head of Nursing and the Head of Finance and Supply Chain, the HOD opted to place the implicated officials on precautionary suspension pending the investigation of the allegations,” elaborated Mvambi.

“I have to ensure that there are good public service practices and strict adherence to the non-negotiable standards of patient care in terms of the principles of the World Health Organisation (WHO)” said Dr Motau. These principles include patients have access to essential medicines, service delivery, and governance.

An acting CEO has been appointed by the HOD. “Dr Motau appointed Dr Motsamai Motsoari as the Acting CEO whilst the investigations into bad practices alleged against the CEO, the Head of Nursing and the Head of Finance and Supply Chain are investigated in full,” said Mvambi. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele