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Prognosis lacking on Ntshona's future

By unknown | Sep 28, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha and Sapa

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha and Sapa

Suspended Cecilia Makiwane Hospital superintendent Dr Nokuzola Ntshona yesterday said she had come to the conclusion that the Eastern Cape health department has dismissed her.

But East London Hospital Complex was yesterday unable to confirm if she had indeed been fired.

"I cannot confirm anything. We are still waiting for documentation," said Toni van Niekerk, the hospital's press liaison officer.

Ntshona, 56, said she was found guilty on three of four counts when she appeared before a disciplinary hearing last week.

The charges include releasing information to the media, authoring correspondence without authorisation, and conducting radio interviews. She was suspended last month.

"Though I have not received documentation detailing my punishment, I have come to the conclusion that they have dismissed me," Ntshona said.

She described the hearing as a "kangaroo court that set me up for dismissal".

She said after receiving documents revealing her punishment, she would appeal to the Public Health and Welfare Sectoral Bargaining Council.

Ruben Opperman of Hospersa, who represented Ntshona at the disciplinary hearing, confirmed that the department had not informed them about its decision, but disputed that she had been axed.

Eastern Cape health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the department was still waiting for a report from the disciplinary committee before making a comment.


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