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Eastern Cape hospitals have been plunged into chaos as doctors leave their posts in droves over what they describe as inadequate or irregular pay.
Operations at a number of hospitals have been cancelled and patients turned away as a result of the deepening crisis.
Angela Kloppers, chairman of the SA Medical Association in the region, said the doctors were gatvol over not being paid correctly or not at all.
She said Cecilia Makiwane and Frere hospitals had closed their theatres because of "critical shortages" of doctors.
"The doctors are pleading that they be paid their due and that the contracts they signed be honoured," Kloppers said.
"Those in authority in the department are flouting the law and have no respect for the professionals who are the backbone of the health service."
In response, Eastern Cape health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said: "All legitimate claims against the department are being processed. A special team has been set up to deal with human resources and accrual backlogs."