WC Health Department considers replacing 'dilapidated' Tygerberg Hospital

The Western Cape Health Department says it's considering plans to replace Tygerberg Hospital in 2023.

On Wednesday, Parliaments' Portfolio Committee was briefed on the state of hospitals in the Western Cape.

The committee was told that Tygerberg, the second largest hospital in South Africa, is dilapidated.

Head of the Western Cape Health Department, Dr Beth Engelbrecht explained that the hospital is in such a bad state that they have spent R700 million on maintenance alone, over the past few years.

She says the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has recommended that the hospital be replaced.

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We have started with the feasibility studies, we have submitted documents to Treasury and the National Dept of Health, because it's going to cost a few billions to replace it and we would like to rebuild it on the same site because it is massive. It will go until 2023 before we start seeing something

Dr Beth Engelbrecht, Head of Department at Western Cape Dept of Health

At the moment we will keep it at the best possible state because we have the most amazing staff working there and we would to keep an environment where they keep on enjoying their work...

Dr Beth Engelbrecht, Head of Department at Western Cape Dept of Health

To hear the rest of the interview with Dr Beth Engelbrecht, listen below:


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