Doctors protest against poor security

2011-06-15 13:07

Pretoria - About 200 doctors converged on the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday in protest against poor security at hospitals.

The protest called by the SA Medical Association (Sama) and the Junior Doctors Association follows the fatal stabbing of Dr Senzosenkosi Mkhize in Middelburg while on duty on June 7.

They were expected to hand over a memorandum to the presidency demanding greater security.

The doctors carried placards which read: "Served Notice, Going Abroad" and "We risk our lives to save others".

Sama spokesperson Dr Norman Mabasa said: "We are angry. I don't think we can be consoled. We cannot have doctors being mugged, hijacked and murdered."

He said the call for greater security was not only being demanded for doctors but also for patients.

"We have had thugs coming into hospital to finish off their colleagues," Mabasa said.

  • Barry - 2011-06-15 13:15

    I wonder who is consulting and operating while the protest goes on ?

      DeonL - 2011-06-15 13:25

      This sounds like mostly junior state doctors, so some patients waiting to be seen will be seen tomorrow.

      Solo-JHB - 2011-06-15 14:10

      Doctors in state hospitals get treated like absolute trash. Interns are working >300hrs a month for the very government that has industry over the barrel with labour laws. It's an absolute disgrace our government!

      Revive - 2011-06-15 14:58

      Yeah, cos in the whole of SA...there are only 200 doctors. Well done, rocket scientist!

      Denishan - 2011-06-15 16:54

      the same patient who stabbed my friend senzo...thats whos operating!!!!!

      nateco - 2011-06-15 17:11

      I am, u dick! We have a right to demand safety in our workplace, just like u would in yours!

  • Stanley Black - 2011-06-15 13:17

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  • Chris - 2011-06-15 13:19

    We nid their service so they must be protectedcause they might leave this country to where they'll b safe, something must be done urgently for the safety of our Doctors.

  • SuZQ - 2011-06-15 13:27

    My friend did her residence in South Africa, she's now working as a doctor in Namibia. Salaries are double as much and she's secure. At Tygerberg hospital, she had to do her rounds with a bodyguard because the patients are so violent.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-15 14:00

    The doctors have my support...There's Madmen on the loose all over even here on News24..

  • Trevor Lovell - 2011-06-15 15:55

    My wife, a doctor in the state healthcare system has pretty much seen it all. The provision of a secure environment in which to work is paramount for these doctors who work right through the night. The government hospital layouts are also very bad with long, poorly lit passages. On site doctors' residences that are a long way from where the hospital is. I feel for the doctors especially for the women doctors - and spare a thought for the poor spouses that pray that nothing will happen to their loved ones each time they go to call

      Solo-JHB - 2011-06-15 16:20

      Join the club, my wife is a Doctor in a state hospital....

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-06-15 18:17

    There's seemingly nothing that government can do against doctors getting mugged, robbed etc whilst not at the hospitals, however there sure as hell is something they can do to ensure their safety as well as the safety of others. Hospital security is a joke. I have personally been at a government hospital where the security carried no weapons, pepper spray or anything of the sort, not even a pair of handcuffs. I was better armed than they were. (I carry a telescopic baton in my handbag). And lets not mention the security guard who thought it would be fine to flirt with me while people are trying to get into the emergency unit's locked doors.

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