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healthcareTimeslive reports that the health crisis in the North West could end up being worse than the Life Esidimeni tragedy‚ according to a group of doctors.  

The 73 doctors have penned an emotional plea for urgent action in the province‚ which has been crippled by protests and a nurses’ strike.  “This cannot go on as we are concerned about methods used which include closure of health care facilities that affect the health of our society…  The grievances of the striking employees are valid and supported‚ however the modus operandi is condemned‚ particularly the shutting down of health service provision,” the letter reads.  The doctors said the crisis had been fuelled by a number of factors‚ including corruption‚ job freezes‚ skills shortages and outsourcing.  They noted that the striking workers had shut the main medical depot‚ leading to a shortage of medication and other supplies.  Furthermore‚ some hospitals and clinics had been closed‚ while striking staff had also intimidated their colleagues and forced them to abandon patients.  The doctors called for the immediate reopening of healthcare facilities‚ including main medical stores‚ the unfreezing of posts‚ employing adequate numbers of qualified staff‚ and paying the outstanding bills of suppliers.  At least 144 psychiatric patients died after 1‚711 mentally ill people were moved from Life Esidimeni homes to ill-equipped and underfunded NGOs in 2016 in Gauteng.

  • Read this report by Kgaugelo Masweneng in full at Timeslive

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