Joburg hospital crisis nothing short of a humanitarian disaster: doctors
Gauteng government drags its heels amid petition to reopen Charlotte Maxeke Hospital
“It’s not so much about the horror you actually see in the hospital. It is a humanitarian disaster that is happening to people with no voice and no access to care. It is about people dying in their homes.”
The angry words of a high-level clinician at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital echo the sentiments of Prof Daynia Ballot, head of the Wits School of Clinical Medicine, who started a petition calling for the reopening of the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, which was shut after a devastating fire on April 15.
A newborn allegedly arriving dead at casualty, a Covid-19 patient on oxygen left waiting in a chair for three days for an available bed, medical students unable to learn how to perform a straightforward hernia operation, doctors stretched to breaking point — the anecdotal reports are mounting, Ballot said...