SENIOR managers at the Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex have expressed concern that Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana was not fully informed of the crippling staff crisis in the three hospitals that make up the complex – Dora Nginza, Livingstone and Provincial.
The shortages have left some of the hospitals' units battling to function and stay open.
Dr Aydin Vehbi, said despite the intervention of Gqobana earlier this year, district managers were still refusing to release 15 community service doctors on a rotational basis.
He was speaking at Gqobana's strategic breakfast and engagement session
"Our problems are far from being solved," Vehbi said. "We have departments with no doctors at all.
"Some departments only have interns and we cannot allow them to work alone."
He added that a specialist surgeon had still not been appointed for Dora Nginza's strategic burns unit, the only one in the province.
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