Sama denounces the persecution of hospital doctor Rahima Moosa by the Gauteng health department

The South African Medical Association said it was appalled and angered by the continued persecution of Dr de Maayer.

Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital in Coronationville, Johannesburg. Image: Google Earth

JOHANNESBURG – It has emerged that disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against a doctor at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.

Now the South African Medical Association (Sama) has said it is appalled and angered by the continued persecution of Dr Tim de Maayer.

Sama CEO Dr Vsumuzi Nhlapho said, “So we are really not happy with the current development.”

Dr de Maayer was suspended earlier this month for speaking out about poor conditions at the hospital, which he says directly caused the death and disability of children in hospital.

In an open letter, he lifted the lid on the “horrible” conditions at the health facility.

It was after publicizing the hospital’s misfortunes that the department suspended Dr. de Maayer.

He would be reinstated following a scathing statement from Wits University, pressure from medical entities and public outcry.

Last week, Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi said it “wishes to inform the public that the meeting was successful and the matter has been resolved amicably… Dr Tim is back at work”.

This was after meeting with hospital management about the suspension.

The Gauteng health department has also promised to remedy the situation at the hospital.

Lillian L. Pena