Services at Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital restored
The Gauteng Department of Health has given the striking employees at Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital in Krugersdorp an ultimatum to go back to their work station with immediate effect or face dismissal. This follows a four-day unprotected strike at the hospital where the Department was forced to obtain and serve a court interdict to the striking employees. “As a Department, we were left with no option but to approach the courts to interdict the strikers and restore services to the facility. The employees at Dr Yusuf Dadoo embarked on unlawful/unprotected strike which left patients unattended and risking their lives. “Although we respect the worker’s right to strike they should do so within the confines of the law, however, in the health facilities the primacy of the patients should reign supreme,” said Gauteng Head of Department, Professor Mkhululi Lukhele. During the strike, outpatients were prevented from accessing the services, ambulances were prevented from entering the hospital, elective surgeries were postponed and critical patients were transferred to Leratong Hospital. “I would also like to express my appreciation to the doctors, nurses, administration and general staff who continued to provide services and assisted our patients during this period. This is a clear indication that we still have dedicated employees who have the interest of the patients and the community at heart”, said Professor Lukhele.