samalogo thumb medium85 87eNCA reports that medical practitioners in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) say the province’s state healthcare system is on the brink of collapse.  

A branch of the SA Medical Association (Sama) has raised the alarm about critical staff shortages, broken equipment and a number of other issues.  The branch, which represents almost 2,500 doctors in and around eThekwini, has gathered information from heads of departments at several major government hospitals.  In a letter to the province, it has called for urgent intervention to address various issues, including critical shortages of medical and nursing staff, frozen posts, and no new equipment provided in the last three years.    KZN’s Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo said he was surprised by Sama’s letter as the department met the group two weeks ago.  But he admitted that the system was under pressure.  Sama KZN Coastal Branch members will meet soon to decide whether to embark on protest action.

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