Doc­tors must get over them­selves

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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.

Shock­ing

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.

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