Let them eat biscuits!

January 24, 2012

Patients in Limpopo hospitals are being fed biscuits, instead of staple foods like bread – and doctors are forking out of their own pockets for food.

This has led to the South African Medical Association (Sama) threatening legal action against Limpopo’s service providers who have cut back food supplies in hospitals.

Patients at the Pietersburg Provincial Hospital in Polokwane receive tea with biscuits because there is no bread, according to sources at the hospital.

While they are served porridge with meat during the day, patients no longer get fruit and vegetables as part of their daily meal.

At the Voortrekker Hospital in Mokopane, doctors last week spent their own money buying food for their patients, said Dr Phophi Ramathuba, national chairwoman of the public service doctors at Sama.

Last week, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said there was evidence of attempts to sabotage service delivery in Limpopo, and then to blame the National Treasury’s decision to take over five departments in the bankrupt province.

“I can also say, frankly, that there is sufficient evidence that there have been attempts at sabotaging service delivery in order to blame non-delivery on the national intervention,” he said, without identifying the suspected saboteurs.

Service providers in the province have not been paid since December because the Treasury had instructed Limpopo not to pay them. But Ramathuba echoed Gordhan’s sentiment that there were underhand activities to discredit the national government.

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