Health workers march over doctor murder

2011-06-13 20:05

Johannesburg - Healthcare workers will march in Durban and Pretoria on Wednesday to demand improved safety at hospitals, following the murder of a doctor in Mpumalanga.

In Durban marchers would go to City Hall and hand over a memorandum demanding the re-instatement of hospital superintendents, the use of metal detectors and surveillance cameras, and the replacement of contracted security guards by hospital-employed ones, the SA Medical Association's (Sama) KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson Jacob Mphatswe said in a statement on Monday.

Their Gauteng colleagues intended marching to the Union Buildings.

"Sama therefore would call on all doctors, nurses and allied healthcare workers to join in the march on Wednesday 15 June, where a memorandum will be presented to the presidency at the Union Buildings," Sama chairperson Dr Norman Mabasa said.

Their action was a response to the murder of Dr Senzosenkosi Mkhize, allegedly by a patient, at Middelburg Hospital last Tuesday.

A 32-year-old patient allegedly stabbed Mkhize in the chest, and a security guard who tried to intervene, in the wrist. Mkhize was working in the out-patient department, where the patient had gone for a follow-up consultation at the time.

The patient was arrested on Wednesday.

The union declared June 15 a day of mourning for those in the profession who had been killed on duty.

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