Health workers vulnerable - Denosa

2012-11-20 15:26
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Johannesburg - A doctor held hostage by two inmates at a Mangaung prison highlights how vulnerable health workers are, Denosa said on Tuesday.

"This incident is but one of many life-threatening occurrences which have become the norm, and that healthcare workers have been exposed to and work under," Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA spokesperson Sibongiseni Delihlazo said in a statement.

The inmates forced their way into the prison's medical room and held the doctor and a nurse hostage on Monday morning. Their demands included being transferred to a prison in Gauteng.

They assaulted the nurse and then freed her. A police task force team freed the doctor on Tuesday morning. The two inmates were arrested.

Denosa said it was concerned that the safety of healthcare workers was not a priority.

"This is especially the case for nurses who have to work night shifts... this fear has [a] negative effect on their work."

Denosa hoped the health minister would consider moving away from hiring security guards for public institutions through tenders.

"It cannot be business as usual when it is clear that the current security set-up at public healthcare facilities does not hold water."

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