KZN Medics Protest

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) and public interest law firm Section 27 are warning that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) health system is in dire straits.

On May 5, over a thousand health workers marched in Durban to highlight the crisis. A memo, addressed to MEC for Health Sibongiseni Dhlomo, titled “Collapse of Health Services in KZN” lists 16 problems, such as a shortage of staff, caused by “unfunded, frozen and abolished posts”, a lack of posts for medical school graduates doing their community service, an overtime policy that SAMA and unions have not agreed to, failures with equipment procurement, shortages of supplies, problems with medical records, and poor management.

At the march, Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa, chairperson of the SAMA KZN coastal branch, which led the march, said that the department had overspent in the 2015/2016 financial year, leaving it short of funds in the current year.

Communications Officer at the Department of Health KZN Agiza Hlongwane said that the concerns raised by SAMA are being discussed, with a solution still underway.

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