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Joburg hospital crisis nothing short of a humanitarian disaster: doctors

Gauteng government drags its heels amid petition to reopen Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

Gill Gifford

“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...

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