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healthcareParliamentary Services reported on Friday that staff shortages relating to the high number of disciplinary hearings and firing of senior staff members at the Khayelitsha District hospital are some of the major issues hampering service delivery to the community of Khayelitsha.  

Head nurses in various departments complain of the immense pressure faced by staff on a daily basis.  In the ante-natal clinic, the temp agency sends a different person on a daily basis, which means that nurses have to supervise and train new staff every day and this causes delays in the delivery of services.  In a walkabout, the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings witnessed a number of patients lying on the floor and a large number of patients slumped up in chairs, having been there since 12 noon the previous day.  Committee chairperson Mr Dumisani Ximbi instructed CEO Dr Anwar Kharwa and the hospital board members present to provide the committee with a comprehensive report on the large number of cases relating to disciplinary hearings, firing of staff, and the various obstacles faced by the hospital.  HR managers, as well as several other senior managers, had not availed themselves for the oversight visit during which the Committee received a first-hand experience of the numerous challenges facing the hospital.

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