All Gauteng state hospitals and clinics fail safety audit

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Not a single state health facility in Gauteng has been assessed as complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), according to a statement DA Gauteng health spokesperson Jack Bloom issued on Thursday.

 "This bombshell information is revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng legislature," Bloom said.  "According to Masuku, 'all facilities audited received either a non-compliance finding, such as a contravention and/or improvement compliance notice and fire contravention.

'"The following facilities were the most non-compliant:- Bheki Mlangeni Hospital- Far East Rand Hospital- Tembisa Hospital- Kopanong- Mamelodi- George Mukhari- Ekurhuleni district clinics- Johannesburg district clinicsAccording to Bloom, Bheki Mlangeni Hospital was built only five years ago, but faces a host of serious safety risks that include the following:- Psychiatric patients escaping through fire escape doors who are a risk to themselves and others;- Chained exit doors, a risk to patients and employees in case of a fire or emergency;- Roof leaks on rainy days;- The air conditioning settings are extremely hot in summer and extremely cold in winter due to a design problem, which also leads to the cancellation of operations;- An overcrowded accident and emergency section, leading to cross infection;- The records section is overflowing with patient files, fire escape doors are blocked and the existing fire alarm systems are not functioning properly.

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