Addington Hospital employees protest over malfunctioning lifts

A new working committee has been set up to address the longstanding issue.

Independent Online (IOL) reports that staff members at Durban’s Addington Hospital have downed tools because of the hospital’s faulty lifts.

Employees staged a peaceful protest on Wednesday morning complaining about the lifts after one staff member recently got stuck between the third and second floors before the lift crashed to the ground floor.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health has met with management at Addington Hospital indicating that a new working committee would monitor the lift repair progress as the department pushed for a more permanent solution.

Dr Sandile Tshabalala, head of the KZN health department, told IOL, “The department has been engaging closely with the appointed service provider, which has been working flat-out to source parts and ensure that the lifts are repaired timeously. Following a fruitful meeting on Monday afternoon, a working committee was formed, which is made up of organised labour, facility management and senior officials from head office – including engineers from the department’s Infrastructure Development Unit."