Johannesburg - Negligence at Gauteng state hospitals has caused damage to over 20 000 patients in the last two-and-a-half years.
According to the DA, this was revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa in a written reply to the party's Jack Bloom at the Legislature on Serious Adverse Events (SAEs). These are defined as an event that results in an unintended harm to the patient by an act of commission or omission rather than by the underlying disease or condition of the patient.
Ramokgopa said the SAEs included “allegations of negligence, incompetence of staff members, human errors, abscondment of patients and system failure”.
According to the MEC, there was a total of 20 417 SAEs recorded from 2016. She said there were 6 192 in 2016 and they went up to 9 767 in 2017 while from January to June this year 4 458 cases have already been recorded.
Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital is allegedly the most dangerous hospital for patients in Gauteng, with 4 320 recorded SAEs over the past two and half years.