The pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Tim De Maayer has been reinstated to his post at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, the Gauteng Health Department said on Friday.
De Maayer was suspended from the hospital, shocking doctors’ fraternity and prompting an appeal to a show of support for him. His suspension followed an open letter published in the Daily Maverick about “appalling conditions” in state hospitals.
Provincial Health MEC Dr. Nomathemba Mokgethi met hospital director Dr. Nozuko Mkabayi, the head of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health Prof. Ashraf Coovadia and De Maayer on Friday.
Mokgethi convened the meeting to address the matter regarding De Maayer’s precautionary suspension.< /p>
“The MEC would like to publicly inform that the meeting was successful and the matter was resolved amicably,” said provincial health department spokeswoman Kwara Kekana.
She added that De Maayer has returned to work.
Kekana said the hospital’s management team has agreed to work together to address the issues raised in De Maayer’s letter.
“The department remains committed for addressing the challenges within the Gauteng healthcare system while continuing to provide services to millions of patients annually,” said Mokgethi.
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