KwaZulu-Natal's health department has denied that the province is experiencing a deepening health crisis.
Spokesman Chris Maxon was responding after the DA released shocking statistics showing that seven key hospitals in the province have been operating without a doctor for at least two years, and that 75percent of the province's hospitals have less than half the number of requisite medics. It also said that nine of the provinces hospitals did not have a single permanent doctor's post filled, including key rural hospitals.
In response, Maxon said the health system in the province was not in crisis. He attributed the shortage to a trend affecting healthcare workers worldwide.