The MEC for Health, Phophi Ramathuba has sent a stern warning to underperforming health professionals in the province.
Ramathuba held her first meeting with management teams of hospitals and health professionals in Polokwane last Thursday. She cautioned that those who underperform will be dismissed while those who do things right will be rewarded.
“We still have doctors at hospitals refusing to assist patients. We are also warning them, they must start seeing those patients. We need doctors who are committed and have the interest of patients at heart.” Ramathuba said.
She said the reason there are so many private practices in the province is because doctors are doing nothing at hospitals. “The importance of public health service is to serve the people and we cannot tolerate doctors and nurses who are unable to fulfil their duties. When, a few months from now, the Premier reviews me, I will have dealt with lots of people. If you do not work you will be my first victim,” Ramathuba warned.
She also mentioned that she will be embarking on unannounced visits to all hospitals in the province to see if personnel are doing their job.
Story: Herbert Rachuene