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JHB hospital to recruit more specialists

The Gauteng Health Department says Charlotte Maxeke Hospital will continue functioning as normal.

The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Picture: Michelle Lubbe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Health Department was due to run an aggressive recruitment drive at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital to fill vacancies left by recent multiple resignations in the anaesthesiology department.

On Monday Eyewitness News learned that at least 12 vacancies were set to open within the unit by June.

But the department insisted only eight specialists decided to leave.

Doctors at the hospital claim that they were leaving because they were not paid for overtime work.

The lack of payment might lead to more resignations at the hospital.

The department's spokesperson Simon Zwane said the hospital would start its search to fill the vacancies to make sure treatment was not affected.

But sources at the hospital said that attempts to fill vacancies before were unsuccessful because working conditions and salaries were allegedly seen as undesirable.

The department said that the hospital was not in a crisis, and it had many doctors who could maintain effective treatment, even in the face of a large number of specialist resignations.