Dora Nginza Hospital tops medical negligence suits list

JUNE 22, 2015

Medical negligence claims lodged by patients against the Eastern Cape Department of Health rocketed from R166 million in 2009 to R3.8 billion last year, according to a report by the Daily Dispatch.

The total claims bill for first quarter of 2015-16 totals R700 million while R173 million in claims for the first three months of the current financial year follows botched procedures at just one hospital - Dora Nginza Hospital, in Kwazakele, Port Elizabeth, and already surpasses the 2009 full year’s claims.

The department is in the final stage of appointing a provincial health ombudsman, who it hopes will help to mitigate and address complaints.

In the first quarter of the 2015-16 financial year, the department received claims in nine of its provincial hospitals including:

  • Dora Nginza Hospital, which is being sued for R173 062 500;
  • Mthatha General Hospital – R117 800 000;
  • Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital – R59 896 250;
  • Cecilia Makiwane Hospital – R303 89 001;
  • Frere – R9 210 000;
  • All Saints – R12 803 200;
  • Livingstone – R2 701 000;
  • Butterworth – R1 262 500; and
  • Holy Cross Hospital – R450 000.

Dora Nginza is a tertiary institution that deals with referral cases from surrounding regional hospitals and clinics.

According to the Daily Dispatch, 98% of litigation against the hospital related to “birth and birth trauma”.

Officials in the department of health were also reportedly colluding with outside parties by stealing and destroying medical records.

Still, negligent health practitioners were being suspended and subjected to disciplinary processes.