The Eastern Cape’s impotence in the face of “brutal” and “thuggish” union disruption at Fort England psychiatric hospital highlights a possible fatal flaw in the NHI plan.
Concern about the viability of a national health insurance (NHI) plan often focuses on SA’s imperiled finances. But a recent labour court decision highlights another problem with wrecking potential.
It concerns Dr Roger Walsh, former CEO of Fort England psychiatric hospital in Makhanda, previously known as Grahamstown. Home to about 300 patients with mental disorders, some “extremely disturbed” and needing constant supervision, the hospital’s national maximum-security unit also manages SA’s most dangerous state patients.