Johannesburg - The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Thursday said a graphic video showing live maggots in a patient's mouth at RK Khan Hospital in Chatsworth was proof the facility had become a "death trap".
The party's KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson on health, Ncamisile Nkwanyana, said that drastic action was needed from provincial health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu to address the incident.
"The South African healthcare system continues to let our people down. Although people still have free public healthcare, the competence, attitude of staff and the quality of treatment is disastrous and leaves a lot to be desired. Hospitals, clinics and other health institutions in the nation are in total shambles.
"The government has failed the poor and vulnerable by subjecting our people to inhumane and degrading healthcare services. It is now clear that neither the KZN Department of Health nor the national government have the appetite to turn things around," said Nkwanyana.
She said government needed to stop playing hide-and-seek when it came to the healthcare system. Instead, it needed to embark on extensive transformation to address ongoing issues.
The provincial health department's reactionary response to most health issues was typical, she said.