Health Minister Condemns Hospital Protest as ‘Act of Hooliganism’

Business Day. Protesters on Thursday paralysed one of SA’s largest hospitals, Charlotte Maxeke, blocking ambulances and reportedly disrupting operations. More than 100 support staff stopped work to demand that the hospital, also known as Joburg General, pay performance bonuses and overtime, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) said. Striking staff, including nurses and […]

Charlotte Maxeke Hospital Staff to Get Unpaid Bonuses by End of June

Business Day. The Gauteng health department has moved to defuse tension with unions, which led to last week’s violent protests at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, by undertaking to pay outstanding staff bonuses by the end of June. Unpaid bonuses for 2016-17 were the trigger for last Thursday’s violent disruption of services, with operations postponed and patients turned […]

Medical Deans’ Prescription for SA’s Public Health Emergency

Business Day. The deadly strike in the North West health department, and other crises in SA’s public health sector, have driven deans of medical faculties across the country to seek urgent and drastic responses from the government. The South African Committee of Medical Deans says it does not think recent interventions on the part of the […]