Discharged man's intestines fell out - wife

2012-08-01 08:46

Johannesburg - A Pretoria woman has told of her shock upon finding her husband with a gaping wound and his intestines falling out into the bed, a day after he was discharged from hospital.

The Pretoria News reported that Paulos Vilakazi, 70, died a few days later.

His angry family slammed his treatment by nurses at Kalafong Hospital, who had discharged him with a septic wound following a colostomy operation to remove cancer of the colon.

“He would have died at some point, he was sick and old, but that he should have died of neglect and a lack of compassion from hospital staff brings me so much grief,” said his upset widow, Hazel Vilakazi.

Two days before he was released from hospital, Vilakazi fell down after going to the bathroom.

He had to crawl back to his ward and other patients helped him into his bed after a nurse, who had promised to get other nurses to help him, did not return.

When he was discharged, the wound was septic but the nurse simply told Vilakazi’s wife to clean it. But the following morning, the wound had opened and his intestines had fallen out.

Vilakazi was taken back to hospital and given treatment but never recovered sufficiently and died a few days later.

There was no comment available from the hospital and by Monday the provincial health department had still not responded to questions sent to it on Friday.

  • rudie.stoltz - 2012-08-01 08:54

    All the nurses should be fired in South Africa. South African Nurses = worthless. They do not care for patients. They care about theyre salary at the end of the month and thats it.

      deabreu - 2012-08-01 09:10

      I have been to Kalafong hospital to take a patient there suffering from a suspected heart attack, 1st off, ambulance was an hour, so we drove her to the hospital, the wait was 3 hours! Discharged almost 12 hours later. Lucky it was not a heart attack. But the people waiting to be attended made my heart sink with sadness as old, fragile ladies sat on the cold cement floors. There is no money for hospital but the major of Pretoria prefers to spend Millions of Rands on things like street name changes, and the poor and needy suffer. I have heard more horror stories from other state hospitals too, like no food, no bed sheet changes, rude nurses.

      sue.robertson.9083 - 2012-08-01 09:15

      Rudie, not all nurses are like this, please do not generalise.

      carin.webb.5 - 2012-08-01 09:19

      Dear rudie.stoltz my mother has been a dedicated nurse for 30 years, so please do not generalise because some nurses are not dedicated, its like saying all men are cheating pigs because my ex-boyfriend cheated on me.

      channing.froom - 2012-08-01 09:24

      i remember when our maid, with only a standard 8 went and became a nurse with only 2weeks of training - all done through the ANC because the hospitals where understaffed ..... The ANC/health dept. have no understanding of anything and putting together campaigns like that will only cause more problems, you cant have a uneducated, un-trainer individual just become a member of the health care industry over night !! They had good intentions but lack intelligence to effectively do anything !! And now our public hospitals are full of people who dont know what they doing and dont care about learning or helping. SAD DAYS

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-01 09:24

      Let me guess, this was a South Africa government state hospital?

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-01 09:25

      @rudie that is a very dangerous generalisation. Many of our nurses are good enough to be head hunted by first world countries.

      stuart.oberholzer - 2012-08-01 09:49

      That comment angers me beyond belief, my mother has been a nurse for over 25 years and has always cared for her patients. Yes some nurses do only care about the salary but it happens in every profession, you do not know the conditions that these nurses are forced to work under, all wards are heavily understaffed to the point where med students have to deliver babies and so on. So before you open that hole in your head that is full of hot air try think (As hard as thinking seems to be for you) about what you are going to say

      zambezi.river - 2012-08-01 09:53

      What did they expect, he was in a fong kong hospital!

      james.a.lithgow - 2012-08-01 10:43

      That is a very unfair, sweeping statement, Rudie. I am in Wilgeheuvel Hospital on the West Rand, at the moment and the nursing is excellent. I would like to be able to award medals or sainthoods to some of the nurses who are caring for me. Saint Cecelia would be entirely appropriate, in one case. She's there with fresh linen and washing basins every evening, strips and makes the bed, helps me withe getting fresh pyjamas over an awkward array of drips and drains, does all the medical necessaries, takes tea orders and has a vast medical knowledge. She's also been thre to catch me, on one occasion when I've insisted on making my way to the bathroom on crutches, and almost come to grief. A whirlwind of activity and efficiency and always with a ready laugh and a smile. She really embodies the spirit of The Lady of The Lamp.

      rosemarie.slomp - 2012-08-01 10:44


      Jay - 2012-08-01 10:50

      Rudie's comment has maybe been made in understandable anger and disgust, but I think it is generally a fair comment. Yes, there are some capable nurses left but most have been head hunted and now work either overseas or in Private Hospitals. The vast majority of the ones remaining in State Hospitals should be fired en mass. As an example: about a year ago I had a 12 year old street boy suffering an epileptic fit in my business. He fell down and was having convulsions right in my doorway. I started running over to help him when, at that very moment, the Head Nurse of the small town I lived in (Steynsburg in the Eastern Cape) walked into my business. I said, "Thank goodness you are here". She stepped her big ass over the boy, looking back at me and saying, "You just move him out of the doorway. He will OK in 20 minutes". A few months before that (and I have photos of this) a truck ran over a drunk woman on the main road of the same small town. This very same Head Nurse was right there when it happened but stood around with the crowd looking at the woman writhing in pain. It took a young first year nurse who saw this from her home to run half a block to the scene, assist the woman, load her into her car and drive her to hospital. When I asked the Head Nurse why she did not help she said' "It's Sunday. I am off duty".

      jackie.m.dickson - 2012-08-01 11:08

      Since when do nurses discharge patients? And if a doctor did then he should loose his licence!! That wound must have been extremely septic for it to fall apart like that. That lack of treatment equates to a total lack of respect, compassion and just plain basic human decency. I cant imagine how bad this has been for the family. I hope they all get fired. They dont deserve a job that probably keeps their families alive - which is a job we are paying them to do. And I am sure there are still people out there that could do this job properly.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-01 11:20

      Get rid of the idiots running the health departments in S.A. They all have the same old line-"we are investigating" and thats it case closed!The Health minister should be charged for this,as she failed and still is failing to do her job!

      Rigomortis - 2012-08-01 11:50

      @Granny; @Carin.webb.5 - genralizing isn't good , but unfortunately this is the horrible truth in South Africa. One good nurse out of 150 in a hospital doesn't make the statement less true... I guess it is up to the few good nurses to ensure their counter parts don't reflect badly on them...

      eric.shinn.90 - 2012-08-02 09:17

      Go be a nurse for a day Meneertjie, you will quickly change your tune!!

  • ntsiki.mdeni - 2012-08-01 08:54

    How sad. Gosh this is scary. They must sue the living day lights out of health department!!

      perine.pretorius - 2012-08-01 09:16

      Unfortunately the queue is VERY long, and it is growing at an alarming rate :-(

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-08-01 10:04

      I would say lay charges of culpable homicide if not murder at the nearest police station. The "nurse" who discharged this man should have known that he needed additional care. She and the hospital should face criminal charges as well.

  • klippies.coke.7 - 2012-08-01 08:55


  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-01 08:56

    Shocking that this could happen ....Sue them for big bucks !

  • phumzile.mthembu.77 - 2012-08-01 08:56

    this is so incredibly aweful! so shocked!

      nicolaas.baker - 2012-08-02 04:04

      @Phuzile, why, is it not your ALL NATIONAL CRIMINAL PARTY that you voted for type of service delivery to you, the stupid votta! They will keep on doing this becoz why should they spend money on hospitals for the poor if they themselve get treated at private hospitals and clinics, with your tax money. Yes, you should be shocked for this is what you have voted for. I feel nothing for this guy, just go and ask his wife, she will tell you they will vote for ALL NATIONAL CRIMINAL PARTY again, untill they die, literaly!

  • nhla.prv - 2012-08-01 08:56

    JZ and Motsoaledi, a comment from you on this please !

  • carla.vittori3 - 2012-08-01 08:57

    This is so not the way I wanted to start my day. Its sickening!

  • sean.efstratiou - 2012-08-01 08:58

    and thats why south africa is rated as one of the worst in the world when it comes to health care and also why private hospitals are making a "killing". ANC can add another notch to their belt, so tired of this cANCer

  • harley.quin.334 - 2012-08-01 08:59

    my first thought was to say 'unbelievable' but then it's not is it. how utterly shocking, condolences to the family!!

  • bomb.technician.5 - 2012-08-01 09:01

    Kalafong..........that says it all.

      jackie.m.dickson - 2012-08-01 11:14

      I agree! It does say it all. But where are people supposed to go for help? They have to use government hospitals where they arent even treated as human. Our government - again - isnt doing their job. Someones on the take and no-one is monitoring. Dept of Health is always crying that their arent enough facilities. How about starting with what they have and making it function properly.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-08-01 13:24

      Ye right: F**k-along

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-02 08:51

      yeah shut it down.

  • mervin.birss - 2012-08-01 09:06

    Sue the hospital and sue the nurses in their private capacity, this is disgusting. What is happening to this country ?

  • sizwe.mkhize.376 - 2012-08-01 09:08

    sad day for south africa, when cases like these are still happening

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-02 08:51

      what do you mean still... they are on the increase because there is no real accountability. We need to become like the Americans and sue for malpractice for anything and everything. That's the only way that I will see it changing

  • zhansrod - 2012-08-01 09:11

    our mentality is one of laziness and procrastination. We have peak-hour traffic from lunch, through the afternoon until after 6, because no-one seems to remember what working late on the grind means. No wonder these immigrants, who i have nothing against, are taking so many jobs, it's because we're making it easy for them. This South African sense of entitlement ( I won't mention names), is quite frankly a load of bull, our majority demographics need to grow up, stop whining, tighten their belts, and, most importantly, gain the knowledge required to see our nation's leaders for what they truly are...

  • sue.robertson.9083 - 2012-08-01 09:12

    I am so sorry Hazel that the very people you expect to care and look after you in illness have let you down. To all the Nurses and Doctors out there - remember your Hypocratic oath - Do No Harm !!!!!!

  • alfonso - 2012-08-01 09:13

    That is terrible! Should a nurse not take care to patients?!! Fire this unprofessional nurses and make sure they don't get a job somewhere else except cleaning puplic toilets maybe!! It is a shame for this profession!!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-08-01 09:19

    This amounts to murder.

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-08-01 09:19

    These nurses should all be FIRED! But first sued for neglect. This is absolutely DISGUSTING!! Useless bunch of a$$holes!! I was in hospital a couple times and one of the nurses there didn't even know how to take temperature!! WTF is going on? It's just a job to them! Nursing is a whole lot more than just that.. Zuma you spineless, non backboned turd, wake the Fu€|< up and fix your blady mess once and for all. GROW SOME BALLS FGS!!

  • dianne.waller - 2012-08-01 09:19

    That is why I refuse to contribute towards the Government medical aid fund when it does kick in. The state of the hospitals might improve, but the heartless attitude of the staff wont. (not generalizing, but most staff.) Even if it costs me an arm and a leg, I will gladly pay my private medical aid every month.

  • david.phillips.583234 - 2012-08-01 09:25

    Another endorsment of the quality infrastructure being put in place by the ANC. Well Done Zuma and cronies, you small boys are thieves that don't care about the people who were silly enough to listen to your lies and place you in your position. Be careful as the masses cannot be fooled forever, or can they? Let's see in 2014. shame on you if you place these pathetic oxygen thieves back in power. South Africa will be doomed to follow the route of Zimbabwe.

  • deon.rossouw.56 - 2012-08-01 09:25

    Probably a Cuban doctor was involved

      riette.nothling - 2012-08-01 11:44

      That's not fair, where I live you get better care from the cuban doctors than from the practitioners who has been here for years...

      dudu.son.1 - 2012-08-02 03:19

      Cuban doctor have proven to be the best and more considerate. Remove politics and look at doctor's skills. You must be one of people that ill treat Cuban trained sa doctors? Each one is unique. Stop this propaganda about Cuba

  • dirang.montsho - 2012-08-01 09:29

    It's sad that this still occurs in our government hospitals. If you dont have medical aid scheme you are gutted.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-08-01 09:30

    Time for the ANC to step down and stop murdering south africans under the guise of medical care. Time for the rotten thieves to hand the reins over to people who care.

  • dingiswayo.mthembu - 2012-08-01 09:31

    Sue! Sue! Sue! Sue! Sue! Sue! Sue!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-01 09:32

    Another fatal negligence of HORRORSPITALS.

      dudu.son.1 - 2012-08-02 03:10

      The previous Gov had its corruption as well. A double story nurses home was built, inspected at different stages up to competion and the company was paid in full when in actual fact not even the ground was prepared up to today, there is no structure . Just cos one has tasted the gravy has to badmouth anc.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-01 09:32

    The problem is people are casually taken off the streets and virtually put into these jobs, even teaching. Teaching and Nursing are dedicated services. You need to go through years of training. If you are not dedicated you will drop out in the very first year. So those nurses who virtually have just falled with their backsides in the butter by passing the long term training are the types we are seeing and hearing about. When will this government ever learn. I am a pensioner my medical aid already takes up halp my income, come next year I dont know what I am going to do but let me tell you I will die before I enter a government hospital. They are filthy and the staff are rude and calous a worthless bunch.

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-01 10:03

      No Winifred - problem is people are desperate for jobs, so they take anything without actually wanting to do it or having the passion for it. Same goes for fire-fighters, cops, teachers..... They actually couldn't care less - it's just a job, not a career. And at themba - before you tell me I don't know the diff - my oldest son was born in Potch provincial when we couldn't afford a private hospital, my second son in a private one. It's worlds apart because of the training and selection processes. I reckon pay and working conditions are definitely also a factor in the attitudes. But then you need to ask why those public health institutions are the way they are. A good example is the hospital in Kempton Park..... A public hospital which was closed shortly after the 1994 elections. Reasons for this befuddle me........but it was a perfect, working hospital with state of the art equipment for the general public - yes even the poor. Now 18 years later it's dirty, run down with rats and all the equipment rusting away. WHY?! Now people from Kempton, Tembisa and surrounds have two options..... 1.) a private hospital whose name I shall not mention, where to be honest the care sucks and professionalism is severely lacking - NOT because of no training, as they have a dedicated nurse training college, but because of attitude and will to work. 2.) Edenvale public hospital, run down, over crowded, dirty, no sheets on beds, virtually no care.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-01 10:23

      So what are you disputing from what I have said? My aunt was a nurse [midwife]in a public hospital for a long time. Overtime, she used to hate her job [attitude]. She moved to a private hospital about 6 years ago. You must see the zest in her life. Of course she gets paid better, she has all the medical equipment and supplies she needs, plus, she does not have to do double shifts! Put her back in a public hospital and see how the attitude changes. I repeat, it's the system. The attitude is merely a symptom, not cause of the decay. and don't be encouraged by `thumbs down' or `up`. The majority of South Africans are brain damaged zombies who gives you a `like` or `not like` depending on whether your name sounds black or white. Very rarely, they will evaluate the substance in one`s argument

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-01 11:24

      Themba - generally yes - but why are the state facilities in the state they are and morale so low? And as I said, it's not always the case - the private hospital in Kempton also has good facilities but the attitudes still stink. why? because it's just a job.......we'll do as little as possible for our pay checks thank you...... and yes, I realise I am generalising, for instance your aunt might have such a wonderful passion for health care and be attentive and helpful...... but there are those who aren't and sadly they are not the exception.

  • DJPotifar - 2012-08-01 09:33

    This is outrageous! I feel so sorry for his family. What an undignified way to die.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-08-01 09:39

    Shocking to say the least, I wonder who from the past will be blamed by zuma and his Clowns for this?? When are these idiots going to concentrate on spending the tax money for what it is intended for??: Hospitals, Schools, etc and not waste it on huge pay increases for the lazy & incompetent politicians, vast number of "secret funds", Credit Cards with no limits, High Walls around private property, BM's, Mercs, Audi's for the cANCer special elite. I just hope & pray that the voters turn against them in the next election... DOWN WITH THE ANC

  • Ze Don - 2012-08-01 09:40

    Welcome to our future under the NHI... not even a private medical aid will save you as EVERYONE will be streaming to the private hospitals, until they close their doors due to government non payment anyway!

  • tdludlu - 2012-08-01 09:40

    Condolences to the Vilakazi family,God gives and God takes! I advice that this case be reported to the Nursing council and Health Professions council of South Africa as well for further investigation !

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-01 09:43

    After waching the opening ceremony of the Olympics and how the NHS was iconised it is impossible not to be thinking about the future of Healthcare in SA. It was very apparent that the NHS, despite so many problems and challenges, is seen by some to be a shining example of what a truly democratic country must do for the health of its people. The SA Health Minister appears to have seen the political value of such an institution in SA (some will say humanitarian value too). But when one takes a hard look at today's infrastructure degredation, general disinterest in applying real effort to the public's wellbeing, and catastrophic dumbing-down of education and consequent wreckage of SA's skill can only wonder. There are healthcare workers who are competent and really do their best to provide expert and meaningful care, but from personal knowledge they are few and are being overwhelmed by both the size of their task and the disgustingly careless attitudes of many of their colleagues.

  • Dipzen - 2012-08-01 09:46

    Some nurses are just careless. But let us not get carried away and start insulting the majority that work hard and diligently to care for patients. Yes some of our state hospitals are in a bad state. Yes some are short staffed. Yes some are mismanaged. and yes instead of our minister focusing on these issues he is more involved in being the nations dietitian and banning alcohol adverts. This is horrific and shouldn't happen to anyone who has sought professional help in our hospitals. Condolences to the family

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-01 10:33

      Dipzen: Balance in your comment is good, but you sneak in one of those politically correct weasel words 'majority'. I cannot disprove or prove that you are correct but from my own experience being hospitalised 3-4 times a year I observe that it is the minority, and a small one at that, that meet your standards.

      Dipzen - 2012-08-01 10:55

      But then again your standards as you put is very subjective accompanied by experience. In short some people expect more others less from hospital depending on what they are used to. I think we need to balance our comments, that in its own shows that you read the article and also shows that you have experience with our hospitals and lastly that you keep up with local news and apply the this in a comment as objectively as possible. And we should also note that the media will never report on good service just the bad cases. Thanx for the note!

  • Dipzen - 2012-08-01 09:47

    Some nurses are just careless. But let us not get carried away and start insulting the majority that work hard and diligently to care for patients. Yes some of our state hospitals are in a bad state. Yes some are short staffed. Yes some are mismanaged. and yes instead of our minister focusing on these issues he is more involved in being the nations dietitian and banning alcohol adverts. This is horrific and shouldn't happen to anyone who has sought professional help in our hospitals. Condolences to the family

  • Dipzen - 2012-08-01 09:47

    Some nurses are just careless. But let us not get carried away and start insulting the majority that work hard and diligently to care for patients. Yes some of our state hospitals are in a bad state. Yes some are short staffed. Yes some are mismanaged. and yes instead of our minister focusing on these issues he is more involved in being the nations dietitian and banning alcohol adverts. This is horrific and shouldn't happen to anyone who has sought professional help in our hospitals. Condolences to the family

  • bandile.poopalot - 2012-08-01 09:53

    Africa @ work....

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-01 09:57

      Unless you can prove that this incident is typical of what happens in ALL the hospitals in Africa, please take a hike

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-01 10:27

      ... And take with you the brainless Zombies who cannot argue but are very good at clicking `not\\like`

  • tabisa.ndamase.7 - 2012-08-01 09:56

    OMG this is soo outrageous, what an indignified way of letting an old man to die like that. Government intervention is seriously needed as cases like this are reported everyday.Competent and people with passion to help the nation should be appointed, and vacancies should be filled to avoid matters like this happenning again.

  • michelle.e.magson - 2012-08-01 09:59

    And this is how our country is run. Time for a change mebbe?

  • anakin.skyvader - 2012-08-01 10:00

    The govt. hospitals simply couldn't give a damn for patients. If its not neglect and atrocious 'service' then its the NON-availabilty of medicines that make it THE sick joke of our 'civilized' society. If you have backpain, their remedy is panado. If you have a sore neck, they will prescribe panado. If you need a serious operation or treatment for cancer you may as well put a gun to your head and pull the trigger, no joke intended: it's that serious. Several questions which the govt doesn't WANT to answer come to mind. On Sunday the 29th of July there was yet another expose on Carte-Blanche about a hospital/clinic going down the drain even with a manager that genuinely wanted to make a difference, with the result that he ended up resigning in sheer frustration. There is a 'lack of empathy' going all the way up into the higher levels of the dept.of health: if one would ask the minister of health you would get a standard text-book reply like: (a)The people have medicine (ie panado for everything) (b)There are nurses,you can see them in the hospitals, see? (drinking tea and ignoring the patients) (c)Yes, we are a good hospital, look at all the doctors (pity they don't care either) (d) You can come for cancer treatment, just put your name on the waiting list for next year see? (e) We have a dental clinic but we can't do dental surgery on you because you have hypertension (why could a PRIVATE dental surgeon overcome this "difficulty" then? - just my own personal experience).

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-01 10:08

      I know what you are saying. Our helper was very sick in May. We took her to Baragwanath early in the morning. She was there for the entire day until around 18:00 when she was finally given attention and a prescription. But then the dispensary was closed and she was told to return the next day. We went to fetch her and read the script: Panado! And some syrup! Needless to we never spent more money driving her back just for her to spend yet another day in the queue for Panado!

  • jomardl - 2012-08-01 10:09

    How tragic. I hear people speak of ubuntu this and ubuntu that but, sadly, the concept does not appear to feature in the selection or training of public servants. It does not have to be this way but most of our greedy, bloated government thinks we are here to serve them and not the other way around. This is why policing, education and medical standards are not being upheld.

  • kopano.raophala - 2012-08-01 10:09

    education department! medical department! transport department! just to name a few, are all not working optimally......but when i comes to awarding tenders to comrades. Our government gets an A+

  • jozanne.klazen - 2012-08-01 10:17

    The Kalafong Hopital should be sued and the Minister of Health should be help accountable... The fact that they have not responded to the incident shows their lack of remorse. I am shocked and disgusted!!! That is gross negligence plain and simple!

  • jayne.oldewage - 2012-08-01 10:19

    Why do we accept this? We need to stand up together and shout until we are heard!!! How much longer can we stand by and watch the standards plummet? Perhaps we need to burn things and throw stones to be noticed!!!!

  • lmapheto - 2012-08-01 10:23

    My sincere condolences to the Vilakazi family, what disappoints me with public health is that you suffer in the hands of another black man...someone you should feel safe at face value...they behave as if they are not part of our communities when dressed in white, maroon or navy blue...Bana ba thari ba swarana ka diatla tsa magobe...when will it ever end? Evil nurses over shadow dedicated, compassionate ones, but how do we turn this around? Let us complain until we are given attention to defend the dignity of our country...

  • sam.botha.10 - 2012-08-01 10:26

    It is terrible that government hospitals are so negligent, we need more lawyers who specialise in medical malpractise to take on these fascilities. Your chances of dying in a government hospital in south africa is high so is your chances of being given the wrong treatment. South Africa Government Health Sector - you should be ashamed of yourself! It is better to have personal medical aid for this reason as it is not worth playing with your life. The Department of Health claim they do not have enough staff but it is wise to remember that to attract skilled staff you need to pay them on time everytime every month.

  • morne.gericke.9 - 2012-08-01 10:32

    I recently had a simular opp, at the George public hospital. The staff from the nurses straight through to the doctors were brilliant, amazing and completely professional. I felt like I was in a private hospital. Thank you to them. Also, this article highlights the other side of things, very sad.

      rosemarie.slomp - 2012-08-01 10:56

      I know what you mean. we are from mossel bay and our son in Emmaus in george had quite a few operations there. The place is so clean and the staff so dedicated whatever their colour. At present our grandaughter is doing her nursing training there and we are proud to say that. George Provincial hospital is outstanding !!!

  • anke.potgieter.9 - 2012-08-01 10:58

    What is more sad ... niemand gee om vir ENIGE IEMAND behalwe HOMSELF nie ... en so gaan ons blerrie nerens kom nie! :(

  • esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-08-01 11:20

    There will again be a lot of excuses for these 'nisses' behaviour - staff shortages,overworked-and-underpaid,etc. The truth is LAZINESS A DON'T CARE ATTITUDE and LACK 0F DISCIPLINE.Most of these 'nisses' just see their job as a way to get money ('earning' does not come into play here)

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-01 12:30

      Oh my word! Your truth esther.coetzee! Since when is your version thje GOSPEL truth? What does their accent have to do with anything? Not only black people have accents you know? Even your people, Afrikaner have their accents. Take your head out of your behind, asseblief, and allow some oxygen to flow into it. And stop being hysterical!

      jomardl - 2012-08-02 08:38

      Generalize much, Esther?

  • riette.nothling - 2012-08-01 11:39

    Absolutely shocking! And then the government wants to do away with private health care? I hope the hospital and the relevant staff gets dealt with severely, it's unacceptable that people are only in nursing just because it's a salary, where has the compassion gone??

  • molatelon - 2012-08-01 13:21

    this ppl must learn 2 be responsible 4 de job dey r doing,de person hu discharge dat man must b fired klaar. n make sure does nt get job as health practice any more .

  • ashleigh.m.miller - 2012-08-01 13:21

    I too have been to Kalafong Hospital. Their Maternity unit is disgusting, and I won't even go into how the nurses treated me. And yes, not all nurses are the same, but they seem to put all the nasties at Kalafong... I learnt a very hard lesson going there, and will NEVER be without a medical aid again.

      dudu.son.1 - 2012-08-02 02:24

      The union / labour totally destroyed compassion in health. A majority of supervisors are afraid to delegate let alone to discipline. Decline in Professional assessments of institutions. Results of Governnent's good intensions GENERAL STREAMING has destroyed working relatimships and morals. Money is a very sensitive matter. On the same note respect for human life and dignity has dropped.

  • Cesley Cooke Olivier - 2012-08-01 14:03

    this is more than disgusting! i hope the family sue the crap out of that hospital maybe there is a lawyer who can help them?? You took an oath to take care of the sick....whatever happened to that! shame on you! An old man who should have passed on with dignity has been mistreated....sis is all I can say!!