Dead babies, limbs in hospital linen a danger to staff, says DA's Jack Bloom
The Charlotte Maxeke Hospital has inexcusably failed to act in tightening controls to ensure that medical waste in the Johannesburg facility is safely disposed of, says DA MPL Jack Bloom.
Bloom said he was horrified by reports of amputated limbs and dead babies being found regularly in hospital laundry.
Bloom, who is the DA shadow MEC for health in Gauteng, said workers at the laundry had complained for a long time about the stress of finding foetuses and body parts in linen taken from wards and sent down a chute to the laundry.
“Last week I wrote to the hospital CEO, Gladys Bogoshi, about the problem, including two horrific photos taken by workers. One was a fully formed baby and the other a foetus covered in blood, but I did not receive a reply,” he said
Bogoshi told the Star newspaper that an unidentified foetus was found outside delivery rooms, which made it difficult to establish which ward it came from.
Bloom said laundry employees worked in terrible conditions and risked being infected by medical waste that they were not meant to deal with.
“I hope that urgent measures are taken to resolve this problem, which highlights generally poor management in hospitals that the Gauteng health department has failed to address over many years.”