Gauteng’s most dangerous and safest state hospitals



Gauteng’s most dangerous and safest state hospitals

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\n \n \n \n Jubilee Hospital the most dangerous hospital in Gauteng. File photo \n \n \n \n
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\n “Jubilee Hospital is the most dangerous hospital in Gauteng‚” the Democratic Alliance’s Jack Bloom said on Monday.\n

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The Hammanskraal facility recorded 51 serious adverse events (SAE) in 2015 “despite being much smaller than Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital”‚ which recorded 62.

An SAE‚ explained Bloom‚ “is defined as an event that results in an unintended harm to the patient by an act of commission or omission rather than by the underlying disease or condition of the patient”.

“This can involve negligence‚ staff incompetence and system failure.”

He said he had obtained the statistics from the Gauteng Department of Health after submitting a request using the Promotion of Access to Information Act.

Other “dangerous hospitals”‚ according to Bloom‚ included:

  • Pholosong – 46 SAEs
  • Leratong – 30 SAEs
  • Kopanong and Odi – 28 SAEs
  • Pretoria West – 23 SAEs
  • Sebokeng – 22 SAEs
  • Far East Rand – 21 SAEs

The hospitals with the lowest SAEs are:

  • Heidelberg – one SAE
  • Edenvale – two SAEs
  • Tambo Memorial – three SAEs
  • Rahima Moosa – four SAEs

Baragwanath “compares poorly with the other academic hospitals which had the following much lower SAEs in 2015”: Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital recording 10 SAEs‚ George Mukhari Hospital nine SAEs and Steve Biko Hospital three.

Bloom noted that the “most improved hospital is Tembisa‚ which had 17 SAEs in 2015‚ down from 71 SAEs recorded from January 2012 to September 2013”.

With a total of 503 SAEs in Gauteng state hospitals in 2015‚ Bloom said: “More steps are needed to cut down medical mistakes and ensure that patients are healed rather than injured in our state hospitals.”

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