Yumna Moosa’s superiors are still trying to prove her as incompetent

Dr Yumna Moosa, whose video about harassment and racism at a public hospital went viral last week said the support she’s received since publishing the video has been overwhelming. Justice however is yet to be served.

 

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is still deliberating on whether to pursue professional misconduct charges against those implicated by Moosa’s voice recordings.

The Daily Vox reached out to the HPCSA for comment on Monday but no response has been forthcoming.

In the meanwhile, Moosa also has a CCMA hearing scheduled for the 5th of October and has already attended one hearing. She described the hearings as “crazy” as representatives of the hospital accused her of producing fraudulent documents to show that she is now able to practice as a doctor, and that their decision has, in fact, been overturned. According to Moosa, the hospital’s only defence is that she made up the whole story about harassment as “a smoke screen”.

So, even though Moosa has been assessed and found to be competent, her former employers are still pushing for her to be seen as “clinically incompetent”. This, despite, letters from various other medical practitioners testifying to her abilities as a medical doctor. Below is one of those reference letters.

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The video released by Moosa documenting audio recordings of conversations between her and various management officials at the Durban hospital, where she alleges sexual harassment, and bullying, has amassed thousands of views in the five days since it was released on YouTube.

“What has been the most powerful part has been the number of messages I’ve received, from young women doctors mostly, but young women professionals generally who’ve said they’ve had similar experiences. And they haven’t been able to speak about it for a lot of the same reasons. And that felt validating because it was an important thing to say. It was a message that just wasn’t coming out because saying it openly was so scary,” Moosa said.

The video also led to the Department of Health at UCT, Moosa’s alma mater, coming out in support of her.

She said she opted for video to tell her story as it allowed her more control over the tone of her content.

“I didn’t want it to come across as another rant about how bad things are and how terrible doctors are treated,” she said. “I wanted it to be positive and constructive.”

A Facebook page has been created as a safe space for people to talk about their experiences of bullying and harassment in the professional workplace and for people to seek support and get advice from others. An online petition calling on the HPCSA and the Minister of Health to stop the bullying of junior doctors was also started and has collected over 500 signatures.

Moosa said that she’s received responses from other people who have had the same experiences but that it difficult for others to speak out because they are still in the profession and it is like having a target on their back. She said that the only reason she could speak out about this was because she is no longer doing medicine, otherwise it would have been too difficult.

Featured image: screenshot from the video

 

Editor’s note: This story has been updated and edited to clarify Dr Moosa’s remarks. 

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7 Comments

  1. Yahya Atiya says

    Daily Vox please clarify: how is the letter of recommendation from a specialist at Rahima Moosa in JHB, but the dispute is at a hospital in Durban? Internship is not split across hospitals (unless part of a complex such as Rahima Moosa and Helen Joseph), let alone provinces. Not saying she’s lying or anything, before everyone gets excited, but this doesn’t add up.

    1. Luke says

      She moved to KZN to finish her last two rotations because I (her husband) got a job near an intern-accredited hospital. If she had waited to finish before following me, she might not have got a community service post anywhere near where I was living, which would have been difficult, especially during the months while we were settling in. More details required?

  2. amanda says

    I agree. doesn’t add up at all. there are numerous gaps in the story. intern left rahima moosa after having had a labour relations dispute with management after having claimed to have been the ‘victim’. much more to the story

    1. Luke says

      @amanda There is much more to the story, its true. What Yumna is trying to do is to protect the doctors concerned from being demonised, which then let’s the rest of the medical profession off the hook. Unfortunately, more details will emerge – the results of the HPCSA committee tomorrow are something to watch, if you’re really interested.

      The only people who are really worried about more information coming out are the people facing charges. Try to sympathise.

      1. Luke says

        Also, that sounds suspiciously like a story that was put out about her by one of her superiors… wanna tell us where you heard it?

  3. Andrew Verrijdt says

    So she starts talking about entrenched racist, sexist, and harassment.

    And the hospital’s response to the clear and obvious problem is to try and stop her from TALKING.

    That, right there, tells you absolutely everything you need to know about the credibility of the administrators at her hospital.

    Anyone who supports this harassment should be sacked, barred from registration with the HPCSA, and then brought up on charges.

  4. Jared says

    Yumna Moosa is a hero.
    What she has done requires bravery and compassion.
    No doubt she would have made a far better doctor than the men who claimed to be teaching her.
    Justice must be served for Yumna and all women who continue to struggle against the patriarchy.

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