Leadership, commitment and core-values garner national award

Chris Bateman


Careworn, skeletally-staffed and under-equipped: that was Zithulele Hospital, snagged in a dusty web of rutted roads atop a coastal hill near Coffee Bay, 99 km from Mthatha, eight years ago. Today the hospital is a rare beacon of hope, efficiency and delivery in a sea of rural public healthcare apathy, dysfunction and maladministration.

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Chris Bateman, HMPG

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Pierre Jacques Rural Doctor of the Year Award; Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa; rural health

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South African Medical Journal 2013;103(10):708-709. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.7456

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Date submitted: 2013-09-01
Date published: 2013-09-04

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