Official suspended over hospital deaths

Limpopo - A senior manager has been suspended at the George Masebe hospital, in Limpopo, where four babies died, the Limpopo health department said on Thursday.

“We are aware of the suspension of a senior manager at the hospital, but we don't have the details yet. We are still waiting for the district office to supply us with details,” said spokeswoman Snenhlanhla Gumede.

The four babies died on Friday. At the time, a doctor at the hospital, in Mokopane, said there were not enough doctors to treat patients there.

Limpopo health MEC Norman Mabasa, who has launched an investigation into the deaths, was shocked at the state of affairs at the hospital when he visited it on Monday.

On seeing patients left unattended by doctors, he described the situation as “appalling”.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union has blamed hospital management for the deaths. - Sapa