'Patients were threatened in casualty, including doctors and nurses'

Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa says a doctor has been assaulted during protests at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.

Protesting staff blocked the entrance to the facility before vandalising sections of the building.

They are said to be demonstrating over working conditions as well as wages, saying they have been overworked and underpaid.

Ramokgopa says she is disappointed by the protest action.

Patients were threatened in casualty, including doctors and nurses. The theatre was trashed beyond the red line and in the pharmacy, doors were kicked and patients left without their medication.

Gwen Ramokgopa, Gauteng Health MEC

We have talked to pharmacists who were terrorised, one doctor was assaulted and they had to flee for their lives.

Gwen Ramokgopa, Gauteng Health MEC

The impression given that we do not care for our workers is incorrect. The dispute that the workers have is about 2016/2017 performance bonuses. They know we have been discussing and talking to them and we have scheduled a meeting for tomorrow so there was no need to threatened the lives of patients and health workers.

Gwen Ramokgopa, Gauteng Health MEC

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Provincial Deputy Secretary of Nehawu, Gracia Rikhotso admits that workers trashed the hospital, she however insists patients were not intimidated.

No patients were threatened who were in the hospital.

Gracia Rikhotso, Provincial Deputy Secretary of Nehawu

We do not condone the violent behavior of workers and as a union we did not mince our words when we spoke to workers because we do understand that patients have the right to access medical facilities.

Gracia Rikhotso, Provincial Deputy Secretary of Nehawu

This medical practitioner says while the lives of patients should not be put at risk, she agrees with the strike.

We leave our families to go and nurse patients and we do not get any compensation for that. We are overburden, overworked and underpaid. Clearly this seems to be the only language that the stakeholders listen to.

Thandeka, caller

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