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kznlogo thumb100 Sunday Tribune writes that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) department of health appears to be heading for another legal showdown, with the head of surgery from Ngwelazana Hospital returning to his job, which has already been given to someone else.  

Specialist surgeon Dr Maheshwar Naidoo was suspended twice and then fired last year after a barrage of complaints against him.  He took the matter to the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council, which overturned his dismissal and ordered that he should return to work on Monday.  He was also granted full reinstatement, with 10 months’ back pay, as well as a further three months’ pay for unfair suspension.  However, during his appeal period, the department found someone else to fill his post.  At the time of his dismissal, Naidoo had been head of department of general surgery at the hospital, responsible for surgical services in the district.  He said he was “relieved” that his name had been cleared and asserted that he was one of the few doctors who had decided to remain at the hospital and not leave due to victimisation.  A spokesperson for the KZN Department of Health said they were still studying the arbitration award.

  • Read the full original of Wendy Jasson da Costa’s report on this story at Sunday Tribune

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