Tembisa Hospital, against which a number of our clients have claims for negligent medical care, has had its CEO, Dr Daisy Pekane, placed on special leave.   Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu, staged a surprise visit to the hospital on Wednesday, the Gauteng Health Hepartment said.

Many complaints against hospital

The visit came about following a string of complaints that had been received by the health department from staff and members of the public.

“We can’t act as though, we are not alive to public complaints about the service being delivered at this very high level hospital,” Mahlangu was quoted as saying.

Pekane was placed on special leave with immediate effect and would have to report to the health department’s central office on August 17, “where her expertise will be required in the management of Health Sector in the Province.”

It was not revealed in the statement what the nature of the complaints were and whether an investigation was underway.

The acting chief executive appointed to replace Pekane is Dr Barbara-Ann Ribeiro, a former clinical manager at Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

 

Article published in Independent Media on 6 August 2015.

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