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northwestprovinceTimes Select reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) has been striking for two months against alleged corruption in the North West health department.  

The action is also over the shortages of doctors and nurses, constant medicine shortages and complaints about the low wages of community health workers.  On Tuesday, Tshepong Hospital Klerksdorp was almost shut down as strikers once again burst into the hospital and forced nurses and doctors out of their wards.  About 700 patients have apparently not come to collect their medication in the past two weeks at the hospital as they were turned away by protesters or were too scared to walk through demonstrators.  Specialist Professor Ebrahim Variava stated:  “People not getting medication is a silent killer.”  And what is happening at Tshepong is probably happening across the province as patients avoid health facilities, he predicted, with potentially thousands not receiving the necessary treatment.  Variava said doctors had written a letter asking Nehawu to issue a statement telling strikers to stop disrupting the hospitals.  A letter has also been sent to the minister of health, who has yet to respond.  General secretary of Nehawu, Zola Sapheta, said the union knew nothing of hospitals being disrupted.  “This is the first I have heard [of it],” he said, adding that the union condemned hospital disruptions.

  • Read this report by Katharine Child in full at Times Select (paywall access)
  • Read too, Doctors unable to enter Tshepong Hospital as protest action continues in North West, at News24


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