DA calls on SAHRC to investigate human rights violations at Pelonomi Hospital

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DA calls on SAHRC to investigate human rights violations at Pelonomi Hospital

DA calls on SAHRC to investigate human rights violations at Pelonomi Hospital.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has asked the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to look into the “horrendous human rights breaches” the party discovered during a recent visit to Bloemfontein’s Pelonomi Academic Hospital.

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The former top-tier academic hospital’s conditions, according to Member of Parliament (MP) and DA spokesperson on health Michele Clarke, endanger the health and wellbeing of both patients and staff.

“The infrastructure is neglected and crumbling, while the sewage system is in a dire state of disrepair with overflowing toilets and drains,” Clarke said.

Clarke claims that during the DA’s oversight, the staff voiced a variety of concerns, including severe staff shortages, including cleaning staff, despite salaries being ring-fenced in the budget; limited access to functional computers, telephones, and the internet; outdated and broken equipment; a lack of essential supplies; broken lifts; and the fact that no neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or theater was built, despite budget allocations made 12 years ago and the hospital’s extreme need.

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“The 27 of the Constitution guarantees the right to health care services. The abhorrent conditions at Pelonomi Hospital undermine this right,” Clarke said.

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