Doctors must get over themselves
Government, and in particular the ministry of public service, must be backed in its fight against the thieves who are masquerading as doctors.
These thieves hide behind the profession and have been milking the coffers ever since, claiming to have been on standby or on-call for emergencies, when the open secret is that there is nothing of this sort that happens in our health system.
What has happened is fraudulent means that have lined the pockets of everyone who has been able to get onto the roaster of working shift sat our hospitals— particularly the RFM and the Mbabane Government Hospitals.
These thieves, along with others in the nursing sector, have made a killing by stealing from the public purse. They demand ridiculous sums of money knowing full well they have never been on-call for emergencies and that this to them is benefiting from the generosity of the state and obviously poor management of the system.
The irony of this is that they do this without flinching. They have no conscience whatsoever that people have died when they should not have; that patients have been kept waiting while doctors were nowhere near; they forget that some of us have relatives who have suffered because no doctor is available when one is desperately needed.
It was shocking to read their claim the other week when these shameless people announced their intention to down tools—unashamedly proclaiming that the health system would collapse because government had finally had the gut to implement a new circular putting an end to the daylight robbery.
What collapse are they referring to? Is this not a collapse worthy of their conscience; that they are contributing to the downfall of the system? Or, because they benefit, are they suggesting that things are perfectly normal, and therefore they should be allowed to continue fleecing the government?
How shameful, that doctors and nurses are literally defending corruption, without even bothering to fight the corruption that has left the health system so paralysed?
Or do they think we do not know? Or should we be forced to name and shame doctors? It would be easy, to open a can of worms in this regard—by simply asking each member of the public to speak out about incidents in which they experienced this corruption. There are many.
Doctors have become greedy. They have become obsessed with looting. They have no passion for their calling.
Now they are even prepared to defend this corruption.
This country, and definitely the health system, is in serious trouble, because clearly there is no one left who cares about delivery of services. What has crippled the system is people who have lied through their teeth that they spend the night waiting for patients, while they sleep in the comfort of their homes—and pocket decent claims.
Talk about wolves in sheepskin. If it were possible, we would let them boycott, and see how long they would keep this going.