'What if doctors refuse to work?'- DJ Warras on Malema’s call for private hospitals to join Covid-19 fight

19 March 2020 - 12:30 By Kyle Zeeman
DJ Warras has weighed in on Julius Malema saying 'the only way to avoid nationalisation of private hospitals is by fully co-operating with the minister of health when he needs beds for our sick people'.
DJ Warras has weighed in on Julius Malema saying 'the only way to avoid nationalisation of private hospitals is by fully co-operating with the minister of health when he needs beds for our sick people'.
Image: Gallo Images / Frennie Shivambu

DJ Warras has questioned EFF leader Julius Malema’s calls for private hospitals to join the fight against coronavirus.

Malema on Wednesday urged business leaders not to put profits before human lives and said “the only way to avoid nationalisation of private hospitals is by fully co-operating with the minister of health when he needs beds for our sick people”.

Many applauded Malema, but Warras took to Twitter to ask how he would respond if doctors and nurses at these hospitals refused to work extra hours to help deal with demand.

“What if the doctors and nurses refuse to work? Who’s going to pay them for the extra work that falls outside the contract agreed between them and the private hospital? Remember two weeks ago — they said tests are R1,200?”

He did, however, acknowledge that help from private health care facilities was needed.

TV host Sizwe Dhlomo was enthralled by Malema’s speech and called it “presidential”, while also applauding President Cyril Ramaphosa for his “great leadership”.

SA has 116 cases of Covid-19, including eight local transmissions.

The majority of new cases are in Gauteng, followed by the Western Cape.


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