Burning tyres and dodgy ambulance deals? Six health scandals you might have missed

State capture, austerity budgets, allegedly dodgy dealings with Guptas — healthcare in South Africa has seen it all in 2018, and we’ve still got six months to go.

Last week, workers at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital downed tools and vandalised the hospital when they embarked on protests, Gauteng health department spokesperson Lesemang Matuka told Bhekisisa. 

The violence and alleged intimidation at the healthcare facility led hospital staff to contact Bhekisisa from inside locked wards.

While others told us there were reports of an armed man inside the building 

Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom said in a statement that unpaid bonuses were behind the demonstrations.

The department now has until the end of June to come up with workers’ cash, Business Day reports. 

But in the milieu, here are a handful of healthcare snafus you may have missed.

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Health features and news from across Africa by Bhekisisa, the Mail & Guardian's health journalism centre.

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