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37 PROVINCIAL HOSPITALS NOT COMPLIANT WITH THE HEALTH AND SAFETY LEGISLATION.

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences (SMU) Oral departmen and Tshwane District have been found to be part of the 37 provincial hospitals that are not fully compliant with the health and safety legislation which is nothing new nor surprising according to health stakeholders in the country. The Gauteng Department of Healt has revealed that none of the province’s 37 hospitals were compliant with all 23 regulations in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

These requirements include the designation of representatives to serve on health and safety committees and doing a Hazardous Identification and Risk Assessment. The report which covered the period between October to December 2020, also found that there was only progress reported at 6 hospitals in the province.

“The department admits that other hospitals are not doing this, and don’t even send the minutes of meetings. On top of that, it has been estimated that it would cost about R6 billion to ensure that all the hospitals comply with health and safety legislation, but there has been little budget made available for this.” DA health spokesperson Jack Bloom said.

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