SHERIFF RAIDS GAUTENG HEALTH DEPT AS NEGLIGENCE PAYMENTS SOAR
I am appalled by the shameful scene yesterday (29 October) when the Sheriff of the court took away furniture from the Gauteng Health Department's head office because of non-payment of a court-ordered medical negligence settlement. This comes after the Department settled 17 medical negligence claims amounting to R79.6 million so far this year.
This information is revealed by Acting Health MEC Lebogang Maile in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature. The largest payment this year is R22.2 million paid to Thato Mokheti for negligence at Sebokeng Hospital in operating a lump on his neck which resulted in him losing the use of his right arm.
R15 million has been paid to Mr Cleopus Souls who lost his left leg after negligent treatment at Natalspruit Hospital for a gunshot wound. There were five payments for causing brain damage to babies at birth, the amounts ranging from R700 000 to R14.6 million.
Other cases include the following:
R700 000 for the death of a baby at the George Mukhari Hospital.