Sunday, 25 October 2015

South Africa: Free State loses 177 doctors

Free State MEC, Malakoane
A state in South Africa, Free state has lost 177 doctors and the province also has 28 fewer medical specialists than a year ago, according to the 2015 SA Health Review.

With just 23.3 doctors per 100 000 patients, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) charges that public healthcare in the Free State is falling apart, blaming it on Member of the Executive Concil for health, Malakoane and  Premier Ace Magashule

"When you lose a quarter of your doctors in one year you have a very serious crisis,” said Anele Yawa, General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).

"On the one hand the system is collapsing, but on the other hand if you speak out or try to do something about this collapse you are persecuted and accused of racism or having a political agenda. We cannot blame these doctors for fleeing the province given the unbearable atmosphere MEC Malakoane has created."

In February whistle-blower doctors in the province doctors called on the South African Human Rights Commission to investigate the difficulties under which they are forced to work.

They also uploaded some pictures to support their claims.

Meanwhile, MEC Malakoane has denied the allegations of corruption, ineptitude and neglect of the Free Statehealth system levied against him.

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