Ambulance services in the Eastern Cape have shut down due to an illegal strike by paramedics and emergency personnel.
The DA will use the Health Committee meeting in the legislature scheduled for this afternoon to demand urgent intervention from Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana to resolve the grievances of medical personnel and get them back to work before lives are needlessly lost.
The illegal strike action has resulted in many patients being stranded and unable to make use of medical facilities.
This is endangering the lives of many patients who are dependent on the government for their emergency health needs.
The government is failing in the fulfillment of the constitutional promise of quality health care for all South Africans.
We demand immediate action from MEC Gqobana in this regard.
John Cupido, MPL