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    Calls for an investigation into Rahima Moosa Hospital CEO’s conduct

    Over 130 healthcare workers and health professionals have called for an investigation into the conduct of Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital CEO, Dr Nozuko Mkabayi. 

    This follows reports that the hospital’s paediatrician, Dr Tim De Maayer faced disciplinary action after his suspension was lifted and was forced to apologise to Mkabayi for the open letter he wrote about the hospital’s dire condition and children’s death. 


    Health professionals including amongst some senior academics, senior specialists as well as chair and CEO of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) have written a letter to Gauteng Premier, David Makhura and National Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla expressing their grievances. 

    ALSO READ: DA condemns ‘disciplinary action’ against Rahima Moosa Hospital doctor

    In the letter, published in the Daily Maverick, the health professionals said the irrefutable deterioration of the public healthcare service is a gross violation of the rights of all who live in South Africa and is an unconscionable assault on the well-being of patients attending public health facilities.

    The doctors and health professionals also said the conditions of service that prohibit health personnel from speaking publicly on these deficiencies are reminiscent of apartheid-era practices to stifle rightful dissent and public disclosure and are contrary to the constitutional order.

    Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital CEO, Dr Nozuko Mkabayi (in pink dress). Image via Twitter/@chan_nav


    “Victimisation of healthcare professionals who expose the profound administrative deficiencies plaguing public health facilities is accelerating the outward migration of health professionals who can no longer endure the moral injury caused by working in conditions that violate their ethical obligations.”

    “We therefore demand the immediate and unequivocal cessation of all disciplinary action against Dr Tim De Maayer and his colleagues, and the institution of an independent inquiry into the related conduct of the relevant provincial officials and the CEO of the Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital.”

    Healthcare workers and professionals

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