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.

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