LIMPOPO- Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba condemn the acts of blocking access gates at Nkhensani Hospital by certain group of protesters in the name of a nation wide protest.
The MEC notes and respect section 77 protest action which is protected in terms of section 77 of the Labour Relations Act where workers in all sectors of the economy, including public service will be participating in a national stay away or socio-economic strike. The actions by a certain group of people that have barricaded and closed gates at Nkhensani hospital blocking essential workers and patients access into the facility is rather unfortunate.
“We cannot allow a situation where our patients are denied acces to our hospitals as they depend only on these facilities for their health care. People cannot hijack the platform for their own personal gains. Our nurses and doctors are essential services workers who are supposed to be providing healthcare services to our poor people who cannot afford private health care services.” Said MEC Ramathuba.