The Western Cape’s Health standing committee plans to visit the Khayelitsha District Hospital, following reports that patients are being ill-treated.

It comes after posts on social media showing patients sleeping on chairs and on the floor.

During a meeting held earlier this year, the hospital’s management said they’d been experiencing staff shortages.

Committee chairperson, Wendy Kaizer-Philander, says the health system has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and national budget cuts.

“A multi-sectoral approach is thus required to help alleviate the strain on facilities and the system as a whole. We are most appreciative of the hard work which the hospital does on a daily basis and we look to engaging with the stakeholders once the oversight is conducted.”

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