Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
CHIEF executive officers of Gauteng hospitals and patients are in danger of losing their lives at the hands of callous syndicates that steal drugs.
MEC for health and social development Qedani Mahlangu (pictured) made the astonishing revelation during her budget speech on Friday.
Police were briefed and were investigating, she said.
"Many CEOs are under threat. They need security because they'll be killed by these syndicates," Mahlangu said. She said the syndicates targeted CEOs because the officials were smashing their operations.
In some instances members of the syndicates did not order medication meant for patients to frustrate CEOs' fight against corruption and fraud.
"We are aware of instances where some hospital CEOs are being threatened because of the anti-corruption measures we have taken. There have also been attempts to sabotage the systems by not ordering essentials in critical areas of care.
"Those who do these things are not afraid to say they will cause patients to die, so that the CEOs can be fired and they can remain to do their dirty work," she said.
Delivering her R22,2 billion budget, Mahlangu said in line with the department's quest to ensure that outcomes match budget allocations "we have drastically reduced the role of consultants and we have phased out the use of nursing agencies in hospitals".
She pointed out that one of the major reasons leading to premature deaths in the province was trauma and injury.