Road Accident fraud at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
When you get admitted to the hospital, one hopes to get the best care, to be looked after with compassion. Basically, to b e nursed back to health. You never anticipate that those who are meant to have your best interest at heart will literally rob you.
Such has been the case at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto. The Gauteng health department has now uncovered a syndicate that swindles car accident victims of their Road Accident Fund benefits.Two officials- one from Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital and the other from Alexandra Forbes were arrested with 5 patient files on the 24th of September. The arrests follow months of investigations by the police and hospital management.
Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu says the suspects stole files of patients who were seriously injured in car crashes and used the information to claim compensation from the Road Accident Fund.
That is why the Gauteng Department of health is in the process of implementing the electronic information system at all public health facilities by 2018. The MEC says the new online filing system will contain a unique patient number linked to their ID number and contact details. This unique number will make it difficult for strangers to have access to patient’s personal details.
Seven more files are missing from the hospital and an investigation is underway to establish how these files were removed. The MEC says Hospital security will be upgraded and all vehicles will be thoroughly searched. The Department is urging members of the public to be vigilant at all times and inform hospital management of suspicious people.
The Motor Vehicle Accident section at Bara will be temporarily closed for the duration of investigation. A case of theft and possession of stolen goods has been opened at the Diepkloof Police Station however the suspects are out on bail.
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