SA’s sick public healthcare

The “doctors” – auditors brought in by the national department of health – have done their work. The diagnosis is in: our public hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation centres are chronically ill. The audit was conducted at 3 880 facilities, assessing everything from infrastructure to staffing, and concentrating on six key priorities

The six priorities were:

The national picture:

1 Attitude towards patients 2 Cleanliness 3 Infection prevention
and control Attitude towards patients: 30% Cleanliness: 50% Infection prevention and control: 50%

4 Availability of medicine 5 Waiting times 6 Patient safety and security
Availability of medicine: 54% Waiting times: 68% Patient safety and security: 34%

Percentage scores per province:
Highest marked in green and lowest marked in red

PRIORITIES Attitude towards patients Cleanliness

EC 22 47

FS 44 47 56 54 57 37

GP 58 65 61 68 79 50

KZN 37 63 56 56 76 31

LMP 25 42 38 43 74 31

MP 23 45 43 46 62 27

NC 17 37 42 42 42 23

NW 21 50 47 51 45 30

WC 37 50 50 60 69 39

Infection prevention and control 53 Availability of medicine Waiting times Patient safety and security
Source: National Department of Health

54 75 34

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