Patients at New Brighton Clinic in Port Elizabeth were turned away on Friday.
This happened when nurses at the clinic were allegedly celebrating their year-end party. The SunTeam was met by patients waiting at the clinic gate.
Security guards showed the patients a notice at the gate stating that the clinic was closed.
It read: “Staff at the clinic are having their end year function on 8 December.
“Therefore the clinic will be closed at 11am. All emergencies to go to Tshangana Clinic.”
A patient (47) told Daily Sun he arrived at the clinic at 6.30am as he wanted to get his treatment early.
“But I was told by guards there was no clinic that day. They had locked the gate. I’m disappointed because the nurses should have warned us a long time ago,” said the patient.
“I was here on Tuesday and I wasn’t helped because the queue was too long, and there was no notice. I decided to come back today, but I am being turned away.
“I don’t understand why they chose to celebrate their party during working hours instead of after work. This is poor service delivery and it’s affecting us. ”
Lindelwa Gotyana (36) said: “I came here for family planning but I am being turned away.”
Provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said: “This is not acceptable.
“We’ve asked the district manager to attend to this allegation.”