IN PICTURES: Hospital under siege


IN PICTURES: Hospital under siege

Protesters demanding performance bonuses trashed a Joburg state hospital on Thursday

Alon Skuy and Naledi Shange

Protesting workers trashed the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg on Thursday in a dispute over unpaid bonuses. 
Black bags containing rubbish ranging from paper to half-eaten food were emptied along the corridors‚ contaminating what is meant to be a hygienic environment.
Some patients were wheeled through the piles of rubbish by some of the non-striking workers. Others‚ with patches covering their eyes‚ were seen walking through the soiled corridors.
Outside the hospital‚ arriving patients – including pregnant women and some patients in wheelchairs – left the facility without seeking treatment. “There’s nothing I can do. I will come back next week‚” said one woman as she boarded a taxi.
A hospital source‚ who asked not to be named‚ told Times Select: “We presume it is related to performance evaluations which [used to] lead to the awarding of bonuses. But now‚ there is no money for bonuses.”
“There is no harm to the patients inside‚” the source said‚ adding that they had medics who were attending to them.

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