The South African Medical
Association Trade Union in Mpumalanga has raised concern regarding the support
the two suspended Evander hospital doctors are receiving.
The pair is alleged to have
disregarded the protocols and clinical guidelines during the examination of a
teen pregnant mother at the hospital a week ago.
SAMA’s Mark Sonderup said the
concern we have is that any issues around alleged professional misconduct by a
doctor, should really be handled through the relevant regulative body and the
committee of their peers.
Sonderup said “I think it is a
very dangerous precedent where Politicians, Ministers or Director General get
involved in misconduct issues and make claims of professional misconduct
without knowing the facts of the case. The actual facts of the case do not seem
to be accurately represented as medium by the Minister himself
Meanwhile Sonderup says there
seems to be a trend developing where doctors are being made scapegoats for the
public healthcare system. Health
Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has ordered a probe into the conduct of the two
Mpumalanga doctors to determine the circumstances surrounding the
death of the teenage mother.
Sonderup said, doctors are
being made scapegoats for the Public Health Care system that, if not
collapsing, is under extreme pressure, yet the very same people who are the
custodians of that system such as the Politicians and MEC’s and various
officials concerned, in fact, they are nowhere to be found when it comes to
allegations of misconduct.
This is something that we are
extremely concerned about, we felt it is necessary to express our opinion very
clear, Sonderup concluded.
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