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LETTERS BY CELESTE BARKER


Letter to the editor: EMS deserve better: Daily Dispatch

June 18th, 2018

The DA is deeply disturbed to read (Daily Dispatch: 14 06 18) that Paramedics and EMS staff are suffering and unprotected. Our Paramedics and EMS staff suffer firstly because they not safe at work and secondly because they are not accompanied by Security Guards despite the dangerous nature of their work. Thirdly complaints from EMS staff include delays in the payment of overtime work and dangerous working conditions in which, for example, …


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Rhino killing blow to EC

January 4th, 2018

IT WAS upsetting beyond measure to learn that a precious, five-year old pregnant rhino had been killed and dehorned by poachers in the Komani Reserve (Daily Dispatch, December 29) It is tragic that the unscrupulous poachers who killed an already endangered rhino displayed such scant regard for our wildlife and also completely disregarded the value that a live rhino offers our tourism industry. The Eastern Cape has the potential to …


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Medico-legal claims: throwing money to the wind

July 25th, 2017

The article ‘No right policy diagnosis’ by Casper Lötter (Herald, 19 July) refers: The Democratic Alliance is deeply concerned about medico-legal claims and the Eastern Cape Department of Health’s ability to pay and to manage this crisis in a level-headed fashion. Eighteen months ago,  I raised it in a health portfolio committee meeting in the legislature, that a health ombudsman was insufficient because the problem lies in the hospitals, not …


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Hospitals must put patients first

June 8th, 2017

THE DA Women’s Network (Dawn) stands for the rights enshrined in our constitution, and for freedom, fairness and equal opportunities for all women regardless of their circumstances of birth, status, age, education or address. It is therefore with a deep sense of loss and utter sadness that we condemn the shameful failure of Livingstone Hospital to ensure that a doctor was available to switch off the life-support system keeping Tershia …


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State health system on a downward trajectory: The Herald

May 10th, 2017

MEDICO-legal claims of up to R11.4-billion, outstanding bills with interest accumulated over periods ranging from 30 to 90 days overdue and a whopping COE (cost of employees) bill that swallows 60% of our annual budget, together with a junk status economy, adds to the heavy burden placed on staff, patients and our provincial health facilities (“No money for medicines shock”, The Herald, May 8). While the department continues to generate …


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Let’s build streets of no fear

February 21st, 2017

THE allegations made in the rape case reported in the Daily Dispatch of February 14 refer. Women live under a constant threat of violence and rape and to our sorrow South Africa continues to have the highest rape statistics in the world. We appeal to all readers to embrace our constitution. The time has come to speak up. Let’s unite to build a safe, caring society for the sake of …


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Kudos to Dr. Rolene Wagner and Frere Hospital

October 19th, 2016

The DA is delighted by Dr Rolene Wagner’s swift response to our concerns about the plague of cockroaches in the maternity ward at the Frere Hospital. The Kangaroo Unit has been thoroughly fumigated and has been completely cockroach free and clean since 8 October. Staff and volunteers helped to clean the ward and Dr Wagner has seen to it that a kitchenette and lounging spaces have been created for the …


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Two years of suffering

September 27th, 2016

SIPHE Macanda (Daily Dispatch: 22 09 16) describes an appalling state of affairs at the Fort Grey Clinic in Buffalo City. The DA is horrified to learn that cable theft, transformer theft and vandalism have disrupted services at Fort Grey to such an extent that the clinic has an unreliable power supply and that for nearly two years patients have been sent home without treatment because the department of health …


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DAWN mourns tragedy of girl’s death

September 13th, 2016

THE DA Women’s Network (Dawn) mourns the appalling tragedy of Sonia Payi’s completely unnecessary death. One in three South African women will be raped. South Africa is the global rape capital and this is not a statistic to be proud of. We grieve with the Payi family, and appeal for the respect and dignity that they deserve to mourn the death of their precious little girl. We also appeal to …


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Time to celebrate our diversity: The Herald

September 9th, 2016

DURING this post-election period there has been the most amazing concentration on identity manifested largely in a debate about hair politics for schoolgirls. Writing, speaking and debating have both a political function and transformative potential. So I write with the passion of a feminist politician who has a radical commitment to equality, freedom and fairness focussed on women’s rights in the largely patriarchal, chauvinist milieu that informs South African codes …


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