The state of Gauteng public hospitals has been “deplorable” for years, with previous cases of hospital fires clearly showing that there is no accountability for non-compliance with occupational health and safety standards, said the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu). Their statement comes after about 400 patients at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital urgently had to be evacuated to other facilities, due to a blaze at the health facility at the weekend. The fire started on Friday night and continued into Saturday, after a medical supplies room caught alight on Friday morning. The hospital fire has…

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