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Picket halts hospital service

By unknown | May 31, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kamogelo Seekoei

Kamogelo Seekoei

Patients at the Johannesburg General Hospital were yesterday left waiting for three hours as medical staff picketed outside the hospital.

From 9am until past midday, only a skeleton staff attended to the patients. Relatives with wheelchair- bound patients and on stretchers were forced to take them where they needed to go while picketing staff chanted against Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi.

Staff marched around the building before proceeding to the main foyer where they continued chanting.

An elderly wheelchair-bound woman who was in the foyer at the time, said she arrived at the hospital before the picketing started and was lucky to have received attention.

Representatives from four medical staff unions said the picketing was to prepare staff for the real strike that will start tomorrow if government did not budge on its 6percent offer.

Despite evidence, hospital spokesman, Lungi Nvuvu, said services were not affected because only a 30percent of staff took part in the picketing.


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