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Louis Trichardt Hospital CEO suspended: Limpopo Health MEC

This comes after the institution was embroiled in controversy with patients accusing staff of ill-treating them.

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JOHANNESBURG - Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba says the CEO of the Louis Trichardt Memorial Hospital has been suspended.

This comes after the institution was embroiled in controversy with patients accusing staff of ill-treatment.

A few months ago, workers went on a strike calling for Dr Irene Malatji to resign, accusing her of corruption, maladministration and nepotism.

The MEC says the department has appointed a well-experienced caretaker at the hospital in the interim.

Ramathuba says there were several factors that led to the CEO's suspension.

“We have put the CEO of that hospital on suspension based on a number of challenges that were there.”

Meanwhile, Ramathuba has dismissed claims which stated that there are no doctors at the Louis Trichardt Memorial Hospital as most of them are on leave.

This comes after it was alleged that an elderly woman and her two grandchildren, who were involved in an accident, were asked by the hospital to wait until 2019 before being operated on.

It’s alleged they were told that there are no doctors at the institution as the practitioners were all on leave.

However, the Ramathuba has contested this, saying they are prioritising emergency cases: “There are doctors on call at all our hospitals, 41 of them. Before the festive season, we launched the ‘Disaster Period’.”

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)

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