The besieged MEC says the fact that protesters are still alive is proof of Free State health’s good work.
The Free State health department has cast doubt on the quality of a new drug shortages report.
The pressure group has accused the Free State’s health MEC of being behind the intimidation.
Ill residents may suffer most after the axing of Free State community health workers.
The province's embattled health department is due to investigate a hospital after critical medical supplies were found stored in a transit site.
The province's health MEC has condemned the slogans marchers on the department have been chanting, calling them insulting and inappropriate.
In a TAC march, workers in the province's crisis-hit health sector say they will hold a night vigil every Wednesday until demands are met.
A budget spending monitoring forum says the department is on the verge of collapse and is R700-million in debt.
The HIV lobby group says over 100 of its community healthcare workers have been arrested in Bloemfontein after a night vigil sit-in.
Appalling conditions in Free State hospitals reveal a health care system that seems to be corrupt from top to bottom.
Acts such as Malakoane's go beyond nepotism. They are simply the crudest and cruellest form of political arrogance and corruption.
The TAC says it fears the arrest of over 50 community healthcare workers after they began a sit-in at the province's health department headquarters.
Free State's health department has been reported to the SA Human Rights Commission over "rights violations" such as food shortages and overcrowding.
The TAC and Section27 say their investigation into the province's health department shows it needs urgent intervention by three state ministries.
While many say the Free State health department's financial situation is dire, officials say "there's no problem at all".
The ruling ANC had won the Free State but dropped below 70% of support while the DA is again the official opposition.
The Free State health department has come under fire for a number of reasons. Bhekisisa visited the province ahead of elections to find out more.
Rent arrears have shut a clinic's doors – just 500m from the Free State health MEC's office.