As cases spike, unions create chaos at Eastern Cape’s Livingstone Hospital
Morale is also low, with more than 100 vacant doctors and nurses posts, meaning each medical professional is doing the work of three people
From Wuhan to New York, hospitals across the world have resembled warzones as they’ve been overwhelmed by an influx of Covid-19 patients. But as cases begin to spike in the Eastern Cape, the province’s state-run Livingstone Hospital has instead become the site of a trade union-led laundry war.
The academic hospital in Port Elizabeth has 26 Covid-19 patients and, as the primary site where people who contract the coronavirus are due to be treated, it’s bracing for many more. But in recent days, the hospital has been a mess, with litter strewn in the corridors. Worse: the casualty ward had to be closed in the middle of last week, as blood remained uncleaned on the floor...