Public servants strikers wreak havoc on hospitals, leave dead patients in their wake

By Andy Rice 20 August 2010

Hospitals across Gauteng have been hit in the worst possible way by striking public servants. Strikers entered the facilities and trashed wards, and prevented those who tried to work from doing so. Police were forced to fire water cannons and rubber bullets at the Helen Joseph and Chris Hani Baragwanath hospitals to disperse the crowds. Most public hospitals were operating on skeleton staff on Thursday, with army and Netcare medics working through the night to transfer the most critically ill patients to private hospitals. It is understood that more than 12 people have died already  from lack of care, including 2 babies. Gauteng MEC Qedani Mahlangu called for volunteers to help at hospitals. Read more: Eyewitness News, TimesLive and News24.