Briefly.co.za recently asked readers for their point of view on the public health sector and how they felt it could be improved. The response showed an alarming distrust of public hospitals and the people who work there, here's what they had to say.
Briefly.co.za recently asked readers if they thought forcing Department of Health employees to use public hospitals would help fast track improvements in the sector.
The response made it clear that South Africans have lost faith in the quality of service and standards of the public health sector and the people who work in it.
Peoples responses ranged from 'I will never set foot in a public hospital' to one user's tongue-in-cheek comment saying a person goes in with flu and may not make it out alive.
Rifilwe Baloyi commented that more staff is needed in hospitals, as the long wait for assistance often makes people frustrated and angry. This would naturally take a toll on hospital staff and affect their working environment.
Sharon Jacobs commented that staff often ignore patients and act 'as if they are there to do you a favor', despite the fact that they are employed to assist and should have compassion.
Mashudu Mapara felt that people should only be referred to a hospital when needed and this should relieve the overcrowding issue.
Sharon Jacobs added that medical staff should have higher pass rates and be trained on how to handle patients.
Do you think that government employees should be forced to use the hospitals they control? Would it see an improvement in service delivery? Join the debate here.
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