This comes after the department met senior management at the facility, representatives from the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) School of Medicine and aggrieved junior black doctors after allegations of racism and bullying of the latter by their white and Indian counterparts.
The Daily News reported on Thursday that the alleged ill-treatment was not only confined to presentations and execution of the interns’ duties, but the doctors also said they were deprived of time off.
A letter sent to the hospital management, dated September 18, requested intervention and had caught Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu’s attention. This had culminated in Wednesday’s meeting.
“This intervention is long overdue. It’s sad that some of our colleagues had to leave these facilities with sore hearts. The composition of this meeting on its own was not satisfactory because not all affected doctors were present. There is hope, though, that the situation will go back to normal,” said one doctor yesterday.