R6 million for hotels for Potchefstroom hospital interns not true

The Potchefstroom Hospital CEO, Gloria Tlhapi (right) together with matron, Portia Letsapa and Mr Kabelo Molatudi (HRD manager) holding the prestigious award from the 2nd BHF Annual Titanium Awards

Potchefstroom Hospital denies a statement by Dr Tutu Faleni, the NW DA spokesperson on Health that the North West Health Department pays R6 million per month for hotel accommodation for health practitioners at Potchefstroom Hospital.

According to a statement by Dr Faleni, this exorbitant expenditure has been going on since 2016. But, on Tuesday, the Potchefstroom Hospital set the record straight.

According to Modiri Mompati, the Potchefstroom Hospital spokesperson, the health professionals do not stay in hotels and the hospital does not pay R6 million per month as stated by Dr Faleni. He says the accommodation costs for the interns and community health professionals for the financial year 2016/17 was R2 313 309 and for 2017/18 the facility spent
R2 659 001.

He explained that Potchefstroom Hospital has an internal standard operating procedure on accommodation for interns and community service health professionals that is cost-effective and beneficial for the facility.

‘In terms of the national policy on accommodation for interns and community service health professionals, it is a requirement that the health facility provides accommodation for this cadre of personnel,’ he said.

Mompati says the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has accredited Potchefstroom Hospital to train 46 intern doctors. ‘This facility has also appointed 26 community service health professionals who include doctors and allied health professionals (physiotherapists, speech- and audio therapists, occupational therapists, dieticians and radiographers,’ he concluded.

 

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Selogile Leshage
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