Protest: DA objects to doctor’s suspension

2008-04-24 00:00

Members of the Democratic Alliance protest outside the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature yesterday morning over the suspension of a Manguzi medical doctor. Dr Mark Blaylock, the chief medical officer of Manguzi Hospital, has been suspended for a month without pay for putting a picture of Health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni in a dustbin.

Blaylock has since apologised for his ‘inappropriate action’, saying in an affidavit that was provoked by ‘unfair and slanderous’ statements made by the MEC about rural doctors that ‘ do not care about people. It is all about profit’.

Blaylock is a colleague of Dr Colin Pfaff, who eartlier this year faced a disciplinary action for raising money to get AZT to help prevent pregnant HIV-positive mothers from passing HIV to their babies. Staff at the hospital said Blaylock’s suspension will badly affect services at the hospital, which has too few doctors.

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