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northwestprovinceNews24 reports that patients at Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp, North West, have been left stranded after angry protesters stormed in and forced doctors and nurses out of the wards on Wednesday morning.  

“Those who were coming to perform their duties in the morning were barred from entering the hospital," said the hospital's public relations officer, Nico Masiu.  Health services in the province have been affected since the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) embarked on a strike two months ago.  Masiu said in the past two weeks the hospital had been forced to send patients home.  Provincial health spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane described the situation at Tshepong Hospital as tense, saying skeleton staff was being used.  He added that only critically ill patients and emergencies were being attended to.  "We are appealing to people that they can protest, but they must allow those who are sick to receive medical attention," he begged.

  • Read this report by Jeanette Chabalala in full at News24

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