The Department of Health is facing claims amounting to over R20 billion. But with fraudulent claims, it is patients who are paying the ultimate price when much-needed funds are diverted to these bogus allegations.
While health facilities say there are staff shortages, many qualified nurses and community service workers remain unemployed. Unions say these professionals should be absorbed into the department.
Patients have died as a result of the recent strike in North West. Doctors and nurses were also chased out of operating theatres and wards by strikers. How can patients and health workers be protected from becoming victims of a fight that is aimed an employer?