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outaThe Citizen reports that members of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Thursday picketed outside Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg, in support of the doctor who blew the whistle on the poor conditions at the facility.

Paediatrician Dr Tim de Maaye was suspended and then reinstated after he penned an open letter about the appalling conditions at his workplace. He detailed how problems such as load shedding, water shortages, and an overburdening of the system were affecting the health of and contributing to the deaths of young children. Outa said they were supporting De Maaye for voicing his concerns regarding the health crisis at the hospital, after the Gauteng DA spokesperson on health Jack Bloom revealed that the doctor would be served with a warning letter and was forced to apologise to the CEO Dr Nozuko Mkabayi. The organisation is also starting a campaign calling for Mkabayi to be investigated for her conduct regarding the issue. Ali Ghule, a Community Engagement Officer at Outa, claimed the hospital’s top brass was harassing De Maaye. The CEO of Outa Wayne Duvenage described the situation at the hospital as ‘diabolical’ and said it highlighted the health crisis in the country. He stated: “This call for a commission. The minister and the MECs need to seriously get down to the business of getting competence into hospital management.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Kgomotso Phooko at The Citizen

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