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Patients at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital threatened by protesting staff

Some doctors at the facility say patients have been threatened by protesting staff, who have also barricaded the hospital entrance.

A piece of debris is burned at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital during a protest on 31 May 2018. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Eyewitness News has received reports of a protest at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg.

Some doctors at the facility say that patients have been threatened by protesting staff, who have also barricaded the hospital entrance.

It’s not yet clear what the protest is about but its alleged to be linked to labour issues.

One staff member, who has asked not to be named, says the situation is tense.

"We had a patient who said they were told to leave and not come to hospital. The person who told them this was holding a hammer. Right now they have stopped access for emergency vehicles to the hospital and people coming for their regular clinic visits."

Officials from the Gauteng Health Department have been unavailable for comment.

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