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Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Feb 22 2011 3:02PM
The KZN health department has fired six security companies amid safety concerns and following allegations of theft and fraud.

The decision came after a patient who disappeared was found dead in the hospital grounds and seven computers were allegedly stolen from Ngwelezane Hospital in Empangeni.

The department issued notices to Mvimbeni, Madlula, Titan, Labalela, Mahona and Gcinemfa security companies at the weekend.

The letters requested the companies to vacate the various clinics and hospitals where they worked within 24 hours.

“We have advised them that we would pay them a month’s notice,” said health department security manager Madoda Mpinda.

“We are serious about improving the safety and security of our patients, staff and property of government,” he added.

KZN health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo’s spokesperson, Chris Maxon, said a departmental investigation had revealed a number of alleged transgressions. These included claims made for work not done, provision of underqualified personnel, the use of unlicensed firearms and fraud.

Maxon said the department’s concerns about safety and security at its hospitals and clinics were sparked when a decomposing body was found in the bathroom of a lecture theatre at the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in Umlazi.

A number of security problems had occurred in other hospitals and clinics. “For example, at Ngwelezane Hospital
, seven computers were stolen and a patient was found dead in the hospital grounds,” said Maxon.

“Other security companies have been appointed to replace the dismissed security companies in all the sites,” he said.

The department would continue to monitor the operation of all private security companies in the province’s hospitals. – Sapa

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