From Johannesburg to Mahikeng, the smell of burned tyres may be lingering in your nose if you were caught recent violent protests that put hospitals in the firing line. (Oupa Nkosi)

Burning tyres and dodgy ambulance deals? Six health scandals you might have missed

Bhekisisa team
It’s been a bumper year for trouble for the country’s healthcare system and it's only June. Here's everything you might have missed.

State capture, austerity budgets, allegedly dodgy dealings with Guptas — healthcare in South Africa has seen it all in 2018, and we've still got six months to go.

Last week, workers at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital downed tools and vandalised the hospital when they embarked on protests, Gauteng health department spokesperson Lesemang Matuka told Bhekisisa. 

The violence and alleged intimidation at the healthcare facility led hospital staff to contact Bhekisisa from inside locked wards.

While others told us there were reports of an armed man inside the building 

Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom said in a statement that unpaid bonuses were behind the demonstrations.

The department now has until the end of June to come up with workers' cash, Business Day reports. 

But in the milieu, here are a handful of healthcare snafus you may have missed.

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