Doctors who head specialist departments at the Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex issued a statement on Monday “out of sheer desperation”, warning the public that they were in a state of crisis and would be forced to cut services to patients.
From July 1, they would be able to offer emergency services only.
In a joint statement issued by the clinical heads of specialist departments at the three hospitals that make up the PE Hospital Complex – Dora Nginza, Livingstone and Provincial hospitals – the doctors said they had decided to make the public statement after exhausting all other avenues.
But the spokesman for the Eastern Cape Health Department, Sizwe Kuphelo, slammed the doctors’ statement as “out of order” and threatened disciplinary steps.
“They have no authority to call a press conference or issue a statement. They should have followed internal protocols within the department if they had concerns.” Kupelo would not respond to the issues the doctors raised.
“There will be an internal disciplinary hearing against all the doctors that were involved.
“You don’t do as you wish…” he said. ...........