Ambulance services stalled

Zwanga Mukhuthu, Hendrick Mphande and Mkhululi Ndamase

AN illegal strike by Eastern Cape emergency services workers in East London on Monday spilt over into other parts of the province yesterday, forcing health officials to suspend some services.

Provincial Health Department spokesman Siyanda Manana said workers from the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Amathole, Nelson Mandela Bay and the Cacadu, Joe Qabi and Chris Hani districts had all downed tools.

While the situation at hospitals was still calm, the department was anticipating the worst.

“We have already put measures in place because we know that soon all the districts are going to down tools,” Manana said.

The department had also suspended all surgical operations which required patients to be transferred from one health facility to another.

 

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