So sick! The Eastern Cape health dept faces R3.1bn in medico-legal claims.
- The Eastern Cape health department has been sued by different lawyers for a collective R3.1 billion for medical negligence.
- Legal claims are expected to rise to R4.4 billion by the year end, the department said.
- Blame is centred on unscrupulous lawyers, who are colluding with “unethical and shameless” healthcare workers, to make a quick buck.
The Eastern Cape health department may have to pay R3.1 billion in lawsuits if it can’t defend itself against lawyers suing for medical negligence at public hospitals.
The astronomical figure was revealed by newly-appointed health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth, who added that the amount is expected to rise to R4.4 billion by the end of the year.
Meth blamed the astronomical medico-legal claim bill on unscrupulous lawyers, who are colluding with “unethical and shameless” healthcare workers in the Eastern Cape, to milk the
Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba
Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has been fired from her position to allow her time to focus on her Nelson Mandela funeral fraud case.
The announcement was made by Premier Oscar Mabuyane during a media briefing on Thursday.
Mabuyane added that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Xolile Nqatha would serve as acting health MEC until a permanent appointment was made.
Gomba will, however, remain as a member of the Eastern cape legislature.
Mabuyane also revealed that Gomba was implicated in a Special Investigating Unit report on wrongdoing, alongside former health head Dr Thobile Mbengashe.
This is in relation to the procurement of the infamous scooter ambulances at a cost of R10 million by the provincial health department.
At the same time, Gomba, several other ANC heavyweights in the Buffalo City Metro region and municipal officials are facing a string of serious