Staff at the Khayelitsha District Hospital say they were left 'traumatised' by an unannounced visit by Parliament's Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings last week.
The visit was in response to complaints accusing the hospital of negligence, and findings of poor and incomplete record keeping by staff.
But Head of Department at Western Cape Dept of Health, Dr Beth Engelbrecht says the staff work very hard and the hospital receives more compliments than complaints.
She is not happy with manner in which staff was treated during the unannounced visit.
The way that the staff experienced this visit on Friday was so traumatic that the senior staff said they would rather resign. They said they can deal with the trauma load, they can deal with how they are being treated by drunk patients, but they cannot deal with personal attacks and the negativity that surrounded this very unfortunate visit.— Dr Beth Engelbrecht, Head of Department at Western Cape Dept of Health
I am currently waiting for the report, but they are complaining that the hospital is busy and that there is not enough staff ....— Dr Beth Engelbrecht, Head of Department at Western Cape Dept of Health
Engelbrecht says there are plans in place to address the matters raised and to expand the hospital to include a psychiatric ward, but the Committee apparently did not give staff the opportunity to comment on this before making allegations.
She says from the preliminary reports she received, committee members were scolding doctors in front of patients.
We are aware that patients have a long wait, but there's a lot of stuff that we are working on. The issue is, was that a fair way of promoting accountability in a hospital in such a way that the staff would want to resign?— Dr Beth Engelbrecht, Head of Department at Western Cape Dept of Health
To hear the rest of the of the interview with Dr Beth Engelbrecht, listen below: