Life Esidimeni MD – ‘Doctors Failed to Speak Out’

Life Esidimeni MD – ‘Doctors Failed to Speak Out’

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/life-esidimeni-md-doctors-failed-to-speak-out-20171018

As the hurt, loss and suffering of #Esidimeni is now open for all to hear and see, we need a serious conversation as a country about healthcare worker rights and duties to speak out. Some did speak out, internally, and were ignored or silenced, others didn’t and inadvertently contributed to the tragedy. Truth is that whenever a HCW speaks out, publicly, he can be sure of a backlash, victimisation, suspension or dismissal. As society we expect the HCW to speak out, in any event, to avoid such tragedies as Life Esidimeni, BUT we also need to provide moral and political support to those that put patients first.

Open letter to Minister Motsoaledi: Please support healthcare workers to speak out