A total of 69 applications have been made to the Eastern Cape Department of Health for licenses to operate private health care facilities in the province that will add thousands of beds and other facilities to the existing complement.
Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana has advertised the applications in terms of the Policy for the Licensing of Private Health Care Facilities that was approved in April this year. Interested parties have 30 days in which to comment on the applications.
A total of 16 applications come from Port Elizabeth and three from Uitenhage while 15 have been submitted for facilities in East London, 11 in Mthatha and four in King William’s Town with the balance in towns across the province.
The Life Health Care Group have submitted an application for three licenses that include a further 59 psychiatric beds at Hunterscraig, four adult ICU beds at St Georges and the conversion of six ambulatory to adult ICU beds at the Mercantile Hospital.
Application has also been made by Net-care Greenacres for a private hospital with 120 beds and for an additional 30 beds, 10 of them for the isolation ward in the existing facility.
Several doctors and individuals have submitted applications to establish private facilities in NMB that, if approved, will see the construction of a private 12-bed hospital in Motherwell with four theatres; a private hospital in North End with 144 beds; another private facility in Stanford Road with 200 beds, and a surgical day hospital at Greenacres with 30 beds and three theatres.
Three applications have been made torun private hospitals in Uitenhage, one with 30 beds and one theatre, the second with 80 beds and two theatres, and the third with 100 beds.
The Life Health Care Group has also applied for several licenses in East London, including one for an additional 26 adult beds, four ICU and four High Care beds at St Dominic’s Hospital and a further 30 beds at St Marks Clinic. In addition, it has applied for a license for a private hospital with 88 beds, two theatres and a renal unit in King Williams Town.
Several medical practitioners and private individuals have applied to establish hospitals in East London, one with 250 beds and eight theatres and a second with 100 beds and two theatres, while Zeal Health Innovations has applied for a license to operate a psychiatric clinic with 100 beds in the city.