FILE PICTURE: Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto had the most cases against it.
The Gauteng Health Department forked out over R1billion in settling 185 medical negligence cases from January 2015 to May last year.

This was revealed in a shocking written response in the legislature by MEC Gwen Ramokgopa to the DA’s provincial health spokesperson, Jack Bloom.

A staggering 76% of the cases were for 50 cases of brain-damaged babies, totalling a whopping R769million.

Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto had the most cases against it, with R514m paid to 44 claimants.

Joburg’s Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital paid out R26.2m in 10 cases - making it the fourth worst hospital in the province regarding medical negligence.

Speaking for the department, Lesemang Matuka offered reasons for some of the strain that is being experienced in the province’s hospitals.

“The department is overwhelmed with the number of patients accessing healthcare services in relation to the number of health professionals who are available.

“Every effort is being made in dealing with allegations of negligence and corrective action implemented,” Matuka told The Star.