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northwestprovinceBusinessLive reports that on Friday protesters again blocked access to provincial hospitals in the North West, threatening to burn doctors who tried to access their workplaces to treat patients.  

In the morning, protesters blocked access to Potchefstroom Hospital.  One doctor took a video of burning tyres outside the hospital, while another doctor sent pictures of strikers who were removing doctors from wards at Klerksdorp Hospital, which is a referral hospital that is now short-staffed.  This came as the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) said its involvement in the crisis had rendered the situation back to normal.  Union Nehawu has been on a go-slow in the province since February‚ disrupting medicine supply at the main medicine warehouse, and is now keeping nurses from work. The union says it was tired of corruption in the health sector and a shortage of medical staff in hospitals.  The union also wants North West premier Supra Mahumapelo to resign.  On Friday‚ a national task team of government members visited the embattled province.  Doctors from the Rural Health Advocacy Project have asked the task team to deal with the fact that hospital security was not able to stop mobs of people storming hospitals.  Civil rights group Section 27 on Friday condemned the violence at hospitals.

  • Read this report by Katharine Child in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, SANDF restores some normalcy to North West hospitals, at News24
  • And also, Chaos in North West escalates as Supra hangs on, The Citizen

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