A doctor from Pietermaritzburg’s Edendale Hospital testified before the commission last week.
Head of internal medicine Dr Douglas Wilson said hospital staff had tried their best to save a man, Xolani Gumede, admitted shortly after taking part in a 4km run at the city’s Harry Gwala stadium, which formed part of the test. Gumede died in the hospital on January 1.
Wilson said: “We try our best to get good care for patients with the resources we have. Health care is always limited by resources. There’s always more we’d like to do that we can’t do.”
More than 34,000 people qualified to apply for 90 advertised RTI trainee posts. Of these, 15,600 applicants attended a fitness test on December 27 and a similar number on December 28.
Wilson gave evidence on 18 of the participants who were admitted to the hospital. The commission was appointed by KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize.