JOHANNESBURG - Cabinet on Thursday placed the North West Health Department under administration.
Health professionals in the province have been on strike for a month.
After last week’s protests, several clinics and hospitals were forced to close their doors, leaving patients stranded.
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) subsequently deployed medical practitioners to the province.
Doctors in the North West Province are pleading for help, saying patients are dying as strikes and hospital closures plunged the healthcare system into crisis.
Cabinet has now invoked section 100 1 B of the Constitution, which means Treasury and the National Department of Health will step in and take over the running of hospitals and clinics.
Cabinet is also sending a task team led by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Health Minister and Finance Minister to the North West to investigate and report back in the next two weeks.