Heinous behaviour

2017-11-22 06:02

THE Democratic Alliance has written to the South African Nursing Council (SANC) following the emergence of a video showing a nurse allegedly ill-treating a patient at St Mary’s Hospital near Durban. In the clip, the nurse can be seen verbally abusing the elderly woman.

The DA strongly condemns this shocking and heinous behaviour, made worse by the fact that this individual is supposed to be a professional, charged with taking care of very vulnerable patients. Sadly, the victim has since died. The DA expresses its sincere condolences to her family who are no doubt suffering greatly as a result of this awful publicity showing how their mother was treated so badly during her final days.

While the DA is frequently on the receiving end of complaints about rude, uncaring and even vulgar nurses, this is certainly not true of all nurses. The vast majority are caring and dedicated, yet regrettably, rogue individuals such as this have given the profession a bad name in state facilities. The fact that the patient in this case was a former nursing sister herself makes matters worse.

The conduct of the nurse in the video clip is deserving of the wrath of both the public and the Department of Health in KZN, and we expect MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo to act. We also expect the SANC to act by suspending the individual immediately, pending the outcome of a full investigation. She must be brought to book and others like her must know that such detestable actions will not be tolerated.


DA KZN spokesperson on Health

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