On Monday, the 702 Afternoon Drive show explored the situation in Gauteng Health Department as it ventures towards what could possibly be a new Life Esidimeni type disaster.
It seems that more than 5‚500 medical negligence claims have been made against the national health department since 2014, an amount of almost R2 billion says 702 host, Bongani Bingwa.
Bingwa goes on to say the state of our healthcare system in South Africa can only be described as shocking.
In response to a parliamentary question Health Minister‚ Aaron Motsoaledi said that the number of claims grows each year with the Eastern Cape the biggest culprit this year with 450 claims so far. Gauteng had the highest monetary value in claims with 396 claims this year‚ totalling R154-million.
Responding to Bingwa, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi Health Minister at Department of Health says the National Health Department is not running out of funds.
Medical negligence claims are not lodged against the National Department of Health but the Provincial Department of Health.— Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi Health Minister at Department of Health
Only when people sue, they quote the minister of health as required by law, explains Motsoaledi. Motsoaledi goes on to say some of the claims are not exclusive the public health sector but includes the private sector too.
Motsoaledi adds that to reduce negligence in hospitals or medical rooms, malpractice needs to be curbed.
The reason they are claiming fees are this high is because lawyers use the contingency system, where they are entitled to 25% of the client's payout, he adds.
We need to see how we change the contingency system.— Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi Health Minister at Department of Health
Listen to the full interview in the audio clip below:
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