'Drunk' nurse shouted at patients

2012-08-07 08:39

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Cape Town - A Cape Town man has told of his shock at encountering an apparently drunk nurse at a Khayelitsha hospital when he took his ill mother there for treatment.

Mabhelandile Mankayi told the Cape Argus that he took his mother to the Khayelitsha Community Health Centre after she became ill with chest and abdominal pains.

He said he watched “in awe and with disbelief” as a night-shift nurse started shouting at him and his mother and other patients who tried to intervene. When Mankayi approached the nurse, he noticed that she was reeking of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes.

“She became so angry so suddenly, it felt unreal… I kept asking myself what must have got her in this foul mood. As I took a closer look, I realised she was drunk.”

A provincial health spokesperson said it was not the first time a nurse had reportedly been drunk at the hospital and said two staff members had been dismissed over the past three years.

Mankayi laid a complaint against the nurse and the health department said it would be investigated.  

Mankayi’s mother was later transferred to Tygerberg Hospital where she was being treated for kidney failure.

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