KZN doctors fight for better healthcare system

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Johannesburg, 01 January 2016 - It was a slightly quieter New Years Eve for doctors and nurses at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg. The trauma unit handled fewer injuries and fatalities than expected.?

DURBAN - KwaZulu-Natal’s medical practitioners are refusing to back down in their fight for a better healthcare system.

The SA Medical Association’s (Sama) KZN coastal branch says the current system is on the verge of collapse.

It blames critical staff shortages and broken equipment for the crisis.

The Health Department says its facing funding challenges, but it plans to engage with the private sector for help.

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Officials are also promising to train new staff to address the shortage of specialists.

Sama says it will meet with health officials on 9 June.

"We are not going to allow the department to drag their feet and ignore our issues and the memorandum," said Mvuyisi Mzukwa.

"We are determined to intensify our activism because we believe that this, attending to these issues is a matter of urgency to us.

"So there is no point where we are going to retreat. We are going to fight and you know we are going to stand and stand for our patients. Because this affects the poorest of the poor."