Doctors unable to enter North West hospital as protest action continues
Protesters have blocked healthcare workers from entering Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp as protests continue in the North West following the possible resignation of beleaguered Premier Supra Mahumapelo.
According to recent tweets, the situation remains tense in the province as doctors and ambulances have not unable to access the hospital.
News24 previously reported that protesters stormed the hospital last week and forced staff out.
Tshepong hospital update: (8:30)
Emergency services report that Tshepong hospital is currently closed. Staff was turned away at the gate and not allowed to enter. Ambulances not allowed to enter. ZA, Klerksdorp pic.twitter.com/Rddo1eEwt1
— Laetitiagg (@Laetitiagg2) May 9, 2018
— Carey (@Carey_Realist1) May 9, 2018
According to TimesLive, staff are protesting against a shortage of healthcare workers and alleged corruption in the department. Furthermore, community workers and counsellors are joined in the protest against their low remuneration of R2500 a month.
President Cyril Ramaphosa last month decided to place the North West health department under the administration of the national government in the wake of the protests in the province.
He had appointed a task team to get to the bottom of the crisis. Wednesday is the deadline for the team, under the leadership of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to report back to the Presidency on the state of governance in the province.
Health services in the province have been affected after trade union, National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union embarked on a strike more than two months ago.
The ongoing violent protests in the North West originated as calls for Mahumapelo to step down.
Mahumapelo told News24 on Tuesday evening that he will be “packing my bags and going home from tomorrow (Wednesday)”, after telling the provincial legislature that he will hand over a letter to the speaker on Friday.
TimesLive reported that police are on the scene but they not assisting health workers in gaining access to the hospital. — News 24