Screen Shot 2019-05-18 at 11.02.25.pngEastern Cape communities are using social media to express their unhappiness with public health facilities.

Patients and families are turning to social media to express their anger and frustration with government hospitals in the Eastern Cape. The province’s public healthcare system has historically battled with staff shortages and a lack of resources, but recent posts paint a harsh picture of conditions at two facilities.

Three social media posts went viral in the past month – one from Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth and two from Frere Hospital in East London. All three posts have led the Eastern Cape Department of Health to intervene immediately and launch investigations.

The post from Livingstone showed an admissions’ clerk drinking from a quart of beer, stumbling repeatedly behind the counter as they tried to locate a patient’s file. The clerk can be heard slurring their words. Days following the post, the Department of Health suspended the employee pending an investigation…..more