MEC allegedly ordered doctor’s ‘humiliating’ suspension

2015-07-28 09:49
Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo during a press briefing at the KZN legislature yesterday.

Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo during a press briefing at the KZN legislature yesterday.

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A POPULAR doctor at Christ the King Hospital in Ixopo was “humiliated” out of the hospital last week, allegedly on orders of Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

Medical manager Dr Siyabonga Ngozo left the hospital on Thursday after management decided to terminate his employment contract with immediate effect.

They had tried unsuccessfully to suspend him the day before after accusing him of assaulting another doctor.

That doctor later claimed he had been verbally abused by Ngozo.

Ngozo was due to leave for another job in Estcourt at the end of August.

He allegedly stepped on many toes when he tried to enforce discipline among doctors and questioned suspicious tender practices.

Several sources close to him who asked not to be named said he was disappointed by how he had been treated.

“He works for the department so he cannot speak. He feels very hard done by,” said the source.

The department was asked specifically if Dhlomo had given the order, but they did not respond to that question.

He previously named and shamed CEOs and public relations officers of hospitals implicated in cases of ill treatment of patients.

But sources said Ngozo was not removed for those reasons.

“He was turning this place around. There were a lot of problems. He was all about the welfare of the patients,” said the source.

“One doctor made a claim last week that he had been assaulted by Ngozo. The district saw this as the opportunity to remove him,” said a source.

“The doctor who complained about him was being disciplined for coming to work late and misdiagnosing patients.

“The district managers called an urgent meeting with all the doctors at the hospital where they humiliated Ngozo. They just said ‘Ngozo, this is about you. Get out,’ and he left.

“He was then issued with a letter of suspension. The managers said those orders came from ‘higher’ up, meaning from the MEC,” continued the source.

“Many people in the district just wanted him gone because he was standing in the way of tenders at the hospital,” continued another source.

Department of Health spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi said: “The Department has been informed by the management of Christ the King Hospital that Dr Ngozo has been transferred to another institution.”
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