employees living in fear as their lives are threatened

2015-05-28 06:00

EAST Boom Clinic employees are living in fear after two patients pointed firearms at some staff two months ago.

The latest incident happened last week where a parent is said to have pointed a firearm at a male nurse after his nine-year-old daughter alleged the nurse had fondled her while she was being examined.

Nurses, who spoke to Echo on condition of anonymity, said this has left staff in fear of their lives as this is the second such incident this year.

They said night-duty nurses are still traumatised by the incident.

A source, who did not want to be identified, said: “The incident happened at about 6pm on Tuesday when a young girl was brought into the clinic by her parents.

“She was examined in the presence of her mother. However, when they went out, she told her father she had been fondled by a male nurse.

“He went back and pointed a firearm at him in the presence of other employees and patients. While this was happening, security guards did nothing It was onlywhen the mother intervened that he stopped.”

Another nurse who did not want to be identified said: “We are concerned about our safety because, despite this place being a firearm-free zone, it is easy for patients to bring firearms onto our premises. Anyone could have been killed in the line of duty. We feel that we are being let down by our security system at the gate as they only search handbags.

“We appeal to the Department of Health to do something about our security, since we no longer feel safe. We want the department to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident as the matter was reported to management, but nothing was done. Our lives are at risk.

“We might have escaped death that day, but we do not know what will happen tomorrow.”

KZNl Department of Health spokesperson Desmond Motha said: “ The department is aware of an altercation that took place at this facility last week, and views these allegations in a very serious light.

“An internal investigation is underway, and the department is awaiting a report from the clinic.”

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