Unable to afford a lawyer, a Mill Park woman has organised a protest march to Greenacres Hospital to demand compensation after her father suffered a serious head injury, which she believes to be the hospital’s fault, while being treated there.
Colleen Linde, 50, suspects her father, Glen Griffiths, 83, fell out of bed due to staff shortages.
Hospital manager Andre Bothma said the hospital was aware of the march.
“Our position remains that Netcare is not liable. This view is informed by the findings of the independent and comprehensive investigation into the case by a medical expert,” he said.
“Our attorney of record in this case, Hennie van Eck of Joubert Galpin and Searle in Port Elizabeth, will accept the memorandum.
“Our thoughts and sympathy remain with Mr Griffiths and his family.”
Linde first tried to sue Netcare, but said she did not have enough money to pay a lawyer.
She has reported the case to the office of the Health Ombudsman. Linde has now decided to raise awareness about the plight of her father and other patients.
“We have received permission from the municipality to march to Netcare Greenacres Hospital on November 19,” she said.
“My dad doesn’t have three years to wait for a court date. He needs a hospital bed, a raised toilet seat, a lift – we have to do everything.”
“I believe his condition is a direct result of a fall in hospital. “This issue, however, is far bigger than my dad. There are so many others who gave up and whose voices are not being heard.”
“My first priority is to raise awareness, but then also to protest the lack of staff and demand compensation for my dad,” Linde said.
She said anybody who wished to join the march was welcome.
They will gather at the field next to McDonalds in Cape Road from 8am and then march to Greenacres Hospital.
Griffiths was admitted to the hospital for pain management for his lower back at the beginning of December.
A day after his admission, nurses said he had been found on the floor with a head injury.
He required surgery and was left wheelchair-bound, in nappies and dependent on a feeding tube. Linde believes he fell out of bed.