Bara Doctors not Paid Overtime

Bara doctors not paid overtime

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital About 30 doctors at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital have not been paid overtime for the past month because of an administrative error. Overtime pay typically accounts for as much as a third of a doctor’s income, so it is very distressing when it is unexpectedly…

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Gauteng Premier Endorses Oversight Visits but Problems Remain

Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Problems Still Hindering Oversight Visits I am pleased that Gauteng Premier David Makhura has endorsed oversight visits by public representatives to hospitals and other institutions, but problems of access hinder this activity. Makhura was responding today to my questions at a sitting of the Gauteng Legislature when I asked if…

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Bara Hospital Emergency Generator Fails

Bara Hospital Emergency Generator Fails

Patients’ lives were at risk in the early hours of this morning when the generator for emergency operating theatres at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital failed to work after a power failure. Electricity was cut to the hospital for unexplained reasons at 03:00, and the generators all kicked in, but…

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Criminals Behind Xenophobic Violence in Malvern

Xenophobic violence in Gauteng

This morning I visited the scene in Jules Street, Malvern in east Johannesburg where a mob stirred up by xenophobic sentiments caused damage to a number of shops last night. Criminals Behind Xenophobic Violence Most people I spoke to thought that criminals were behind the violence as only one foreign-owned…

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4846 Patients Wait for Surgery at Bara Hospital

Jack Bloom DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health

I am shocked at the disclosure by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu that 4846 patients wait for surgery at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. According to a reply by Mahlangu to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature, eye surgery has the highest waiting list, with 1919 patients waiting for operations…

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