THE Herald’s investigative team of Estelle Ellis, Khanyi Ndabeni, Brian Hayward and Eugene Coetzee scooped the Best Investigative Reporting category prize at the Discovery Health Journalist of the Year Awards in Sandton last night.
Judges commended their series of articles, Medical Emergency – The State of the Bay’s Health Care, for its “comprehensive and thorough investigation into almost every aspect of the health care delivery system”.
“Their investigation looked at overspending and fraud, the high turnover of health MECs and poor hospital management, theft of patient records and the personal stories of heartbreak caused by lack of proper care in healthcare institutions in the province,” they said.
“The series [is] a true reflection of what it means to ‘get your hands dirty’ in pursuit of probing journalism. The stories were well written, thorough and used excellent photography.”
The Herald editor Heather Robertson said the team deserved the award. “I am very proud of our winners, especially their dedicated teamwork in exposing the appalling health service that the majority of patients in this city experience.
“The Herald will continue exposing abuses within the public health care system in our region.”
The winners in each category received R25000 – which the four will split.
The overall winner, Drum magazine’s S’thembiso Hlongwane – who also won the Best Health News Reporting category – walked off with R75000.