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Dept rejects assault allegations by DA MP, accuses her of invading Empilisweni Hospital

Oct 7, 2018
Dept rejects assault allegations by DA MP, accuses her of invading Empilisweni Hospital

The Eastern Cape Department of Health rejected what it said were false claims by Democratic Alliance (DA) about the alleged assault of DA Member of Parliament, Annette Steyn, at Empilisweni Hospital in Sterkpruit.

Steyn said that she laid charges of assault and intimidation against the hospital staffof the Empilisweni Hospital at the Sterkspruit Police Station on Thursday.

"The hospital is currently under renovations and maintenance, which commenced in June this year," described Eastern Cape Department of Health spokesperson, Lwandile Sicwetsha.

"The wards have been temporarily moved to make way for renovations are currently underway to ensure safety of patients. There are doctors, nurses on duty servicing patients at the hospital."

DA MP and her team 'invaded' Empilisweni Hospital in Sterkpruit

Sicwetsha said that the pictures taken by the party members, who "invaded the hospital" were of the areas currently under renovation.

"The department has allocated over R30 million rands for the renovations and maintenance of the hospital," he added.

"The hospital invasion by the Democratic Alliance at the hospital violates the privacy and dignity of the patients.

"In line with its responsibility of protecting the privacy and dignity of patients at public health facilities, the Department will not allow political parties to invade public health facilities under the pretense of oversight visits."

Sicwetsha said that the Eastern Cape Department of Health is bound by law to safeguard interests, privacy of patients, who are admitted at health facilities.

"All oversight visits must be arranged with the either the Office of the Head of Department or the MEC from the Provincial Legislature or National Parliament."

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