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samalogo thumb medium85 87The Citizen reports that the SA Medical Association (Sama) has warned that the Gauteng health department is heading for a financial disaster similar to that of North West.  

The North West department was put under national administration in April following a month-long strike and allegations of corruption and mismanagement.  The Gauteng department has struggled for two years to pay performance bonuses to medical staff, which led to the shutdown of Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg last week.  The strike was led by members of various unions, including Nehawu and Denosa.  Sama was responding to news that all the provincial departments would foot the bill for the damages awarded in March to families in the Life Esidimeni tragedy.  Sama chairperson Dr Mzukisi Grootboom said:  “It is very worrying.  And we hope that the health department will not end up paying the bulk of this, because already we are being told that there are no funds to employ new doctors, and we have been seeing in the media all of the instances where doctors were struggling to find employment after their internships.  It really is a disaster.  Surely, [Gauteng] is headed in the same direction as the North West, Limpopo and Eastern Cape health departments.”  The Life Esidimeni tragedy involved the deaths of 144 deaths mental health patients after they were moved en masse out of the facility.

  • Read this report by Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni in full at The Citizen


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