Gauteng MEC warns abusive nurses

By Drum Digital
10 July 2014

Residents of Gauteng's East Rand complained to MEC Qedani Mahlangu of being provided with expired medication and being forced to travel to clinics daily to collect chronic medication.

Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu paid a surprise visit to Phola Park Clinic in Thokoza, east of Johannesburg on Thursday.

While there, she heard stories from patients of abuse from nurses at the clinic which includes being provided with expired medication and being forced to travel to the clinic daily to collect medicine for chronic illnesses.

The clinic, which is supposed to operate 24 hours a day, allegedly doesn't take patients in after 11am and nurses on night shift are said to lock the gates and sleep when they should be working. Mahlangu said what she heard was inhumane and disturbing: "The attitude of some of the nurses seems to be the biggest problem. Patients told me that some of the nurses don’t want them to come closer to them. What I can’t understand is how then are they supposed to treat patients if they don’t want patients to get closer to them?” The MEC said clinic managers should take disciplinary action against those nurses in question. “If people don’t want to do their jobs, they must be fired. Nurses are supposed to take care of patients, not to abuse them,” Mahlangu said. 

- City Press

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