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Men die after hospital turns them away

2013-03-25 09:32

Durban - Two men have died after they were turned away from a hospital where there was no doctor on duty.

The families of Marius Hayward, 31, and Nico Nel, 27, are furious and demanding answers, reported the Sunday Tribune.

The men were seriously injured in a crash in the Durban city centre early on Sunday morning and rushed to Addington Hospital where paramedics were told there was no doctor on duty and the men needed to be taken to another hospital 30min away.

Both men, who had been flung from a bakkie during the accident, died shortly afterwards.

One of the medics who didn’t want to be identified said Hayward had needed urgent hospital treatment and said he would have survived had he not been turned away by the hospital.   

“I am sure that had a doctor attended to him at Addington, his chances of survival would have improved dramatically.”

Another medic, Rescuecare paramedic Garrith Jamieson said: “This incident is just one of many. In the past month they have turned away dozens of patients. We need to draw the line somewhere.”

Nel’s sister, Anel Meyer, was shocked to hear that her dying brother had been turned away.

“It makes me so angry that I feel physically ill. He might have lived had the hospital not sent them away,” she said.

She said her brother’s handyman business was just taking off.

“He was so ambitious and things were starting to go his way with his business, and he was so happy. I will always remember his smile and how, just by being in a room, he would lift everyone around him. He was very caring,” said Meyer.

Hayward left two children, aged 8 years and 8-months-old.

A spokesperson for the department of healthy said they were looking into the matter.

Comments
  • Bless Boswell - 2013-03-25 09:38

    This amounts to murder.

      mo.matt.14 - 2013-03-25 09:49

      How can there be NO DOCTOR at a HOSPITAL!!! I agree that it is murder, for which this crap government is responsible. Every day they kill hundreds of South Africans because they fail to provide basic health care. Yet Zuma built a private clinic for him and his chronies, because they are too good to use state hospitals.

      Manne Marak - 2013-03-25 10:21

      And that is why the health department will be taken to court and more of our tax money gets paid out to victims of state incompetence. Then they have the cheek to suggest a national health insurance that is mandatory, but they can’t even provide the basics.

      Zithelo Zeeyonce Mnguni - 2013-03-25 14:26

      I know that hospital, the same hospital refused to attend to me when I had a severe asthma attack in 2009. They told me to stand in the queue and I was barely breathing by then.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-26 09:54

      If it was a ANC minister there would've been a doctor available immediately.

      victor.singaram - 2013-03-26 14:17

      mo.matt.14..... and the health minister is focusing on alcohol sales on Sunday instead of these burning issues.

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-03-26 22:18

      A hospital that can't treat people is no longer a hospital. Close the ****ing place and knock down the building. I bet that place is included in the state's list of hospitals. And this is not an isolated case. Ultimately the buck STOPS at the Health minister's and President's feet. throw in the towels and let someone else do the job gentlemen

      Richard Laros - 2013-03-27 08:46

      Hey but don't worry everyone, the department of health will look into it. Well I challenge the useless department of health and minister to publicly announce the findings and take the required responsibility. Chances of that happening?? I guess we all know the answer to that.

  • Sanchez Real Govere Sancho - 2013-03-25 09:42

    a frined of mine died there last month. we went to see him in the morning and he complained saying the doctor had not attended to him even after he had asked for the doctor, we went home to the nurses in charge and enquired and she said, i qoute, "the doctor will only be here on monday morning".. this was on sunday night. We went home and agreed to move him to King Edward on monday morning. We got to the hospital Monday morning around 7am and we were told that he had died around 3am, no one had bothered to call us yet. he was admitted because he was complaining of chest pains!!

      Nico Eksteen - 2013-03-25 09:53

      Shocking

      Ophelia Louw - 2013-03-25 09:56

      Maladministration of hospitals is a major issue that should be sorted out by now. How many more people should we lose because of this problem. understaffed hospitals and clinics. the Minister keeps making promises but we still get these reports, and lazy nurses and doctors are fueling it. My condolences to you and your friend's family.

      riad.mahomed - 2013-03-25 10:35

      @Ophelia Louw: Your comments are rather confusing since on one hand you defend the ANC (Quote: shame if only we could blame your ignorance on the ANC. Unquote) while on the other hand, in your above comment you criticize the Minister of Health for his inability to manage his portfolio, which for the record, was elected by the President of the ANC & sadly our country as well…….so, I am of the belief that the ANC has failed it’s people insofar as Health Care and many other essential services that the ANC is meant to provide to the people our country.

      Ruan Viljoen - 2013-03-25 10:53

      My thoughts exactly, Riad. It's a bloody shame how blindness can affect those with perfect sight.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-25 11:06

      Sanchez, take them to court, If we all do that something may change.

      jljooste - 2013-03-25 11:08

      to the 2 thumbs down idiots, do you even understand what you have just read now?

      Terry-Anne Cole - 2013-03-25 12:45

      Sadly Sanchez, the King Edward is just as bad ... my father sadly died in that dump. In 2007, When I visited him, the man in the bed beside him had thrown up all over the bed the previous day ... the bed was rancid with vomit. The smell was horrific. My father had been there 18 days already ... in all that time without a change of bed sheets or clothing (I lived far away). He had bed sores & his skin was rotting from the lack of care. THREE very fat nurses were sitting reading a magazine while most patients in this enormous ward were crying & moaning in pain. I asked a nurse why my dad was so thin ... her response, his food is on the table beside him, he must eat. He had indeed tried to eat, but due to back surgery couldn't reach the food left to rot on the table beside him. The remains of some food which he had managed to just reach, had spilled into his bed in the process of trying to get it closer. It was still there. There were enormous rats running through the ward picking up faeces, vomit, & dried food on the way. And now, I guess, you'll ask ... why didn't I photograph what I saw ... because my cellphone was kept at the entrance to the hospital, my handbag tipped up and searched for anything that could record or photograph the evidence. I was also body-searched by a male guard. I sent 2 letters to Carte Blanche who said "they had more important issues to deal with" at the time. It is no better today. Your friend would have passed away there too.

  • SharonE - 2013-03-25 09:43

    I bet these men were not turned away when the government took their tax contributions. It is a crying shame. My sincere condolences to the families.

      jljooste - 2013-03-25 11:12

      and therefore the families must sue the hospital

      stampalex - 2013-03-26 14:10

      Corrupt people in power are dangerous. Incompetent corrupt people in power is ludicrous. Incompetent corrupt people who really don't care about their fellow man will be the death of this country.

  • Stafford McGregor - 2013-03-25 09:47

    Yip this is what the rest of the WORLD wanted but we must suffer

  • Pieter A Swanepoel - 2013-03-25 09:49

    Whaaaat noooo there must persons be arrested come on what is that with THIS LAND. Can't be live person need help and can't be help

      Michaele Blignault - 2013-03-25 10:09

      Arrest, does that apply to ANC state hospital staff who launder the capital provided to them by TAXPAYERS. I don't think the word arrest is in their vocabulary.

  • cindy.naude.79 - 2013-03-25 09:50

    this is absolutely disgusting! my condolences to their families :( shouldn't there be doctors at a hospital at ANY time of day & night?!? another proud ANC moment!! i shudder to think what is going to happen once the NHI kicks in!

  • Nico Eksteen - 2013-03-25 09:51

    It's a hospital and there is no doctor? If it wasn't so tragic one could have laughed.

  • Antie Poppie - 2013-03-25 09:53

    Why do the medics still taking patients to the hospital when they know there's no help at all? My heart goes out to the families involved.

      hettie.hansen.3 - 2013-03-25 12:37

      They have to take them to the nearest hospital state hospital if they do not have medical aid. In the old days you were glad if you have been taken to a state facility now you now you are not coming out alive and they still go on about smoking,people die in these places man and still they won't sharpen the knife with good education. You get good dr's workingtheir a@@es of and take abuse and racism from bystanders and others just do not care. Please stop blaming apartheid for bad governance and move on if you are not suitable for a job you just do not get it I think if the ruling party start implementing that you will see a change on all levels in all dept. of work in this country for as long as you know you will get the job because they owe it to you we will get this kind of service. Bring back the rule that if you do not perform you are history and we will again have service of outstanding quality and the person delivering that service will be proud of his yob. This include the gevernment. My sincere condolences to the family's I am so sorry that you had to be one of the statistics of incompetence of your'e beloved country......

  • Holdanigono - 2013-03-25 09:57

    Bastards

  • NewsNut - 2013-03-25 09:58

    cANCae spreds!

  • Leslie Melissa - 2013-03-25 09:58

    SHOCKING. since when is there no doctors on duty. condolences to the families

      Vicki Malatse - 2013-03-25 10:36

      @Mellisa ive worked in public hospitals before,believe you me most of the time there are no doctors on duty,thats the sad reality,its that bad

  • Eric Fana Moloi - 2013-03-25 10:00

    Majority of state hospitals are a disaster

  • Janade Sewnarain - 2013-03-25 10:02

    il be voting for change, im so tired of non-accountability...nobody is going to be brought to justice for this crime. it is truly sad.

      Fly Onthewall - 2013-03-25 12:30

      @ Janade - U will be joined by millions of us... Voting for a better SA...

  • Clive Paterson - 2013-03-25 10:02

    So many predicted this in 1994 but they were branded as racists.

      Colleen Erasmus - 2013-03-25 10:06

      Many of us saw what was coming and we were not wrong! Its has happened!

      Tholithemba B Ntsele - 2013-03-25 10:16

      So there would be high number of doctors if we were still under the oppressive pre-1994 government?

      Ritz40 - 2013-03-25 10:34

      @ Clive and Colleen. Do you think blacks feel the same? Have you seen what locations looked like pre 94? No roads, no water, no electricity education health etc. The ANC is. fuc£¥ng a lot up thats for sure but something had to change. There is no way that anybody in their right mind can say that pre94 was a better place for ALL who live in SA! Maybe its worse for you now, but WE are not the only ones who count now days. Your comment put all white people in a bad light.

      Khethu Ndlovu - 2013-03-25 10:45

      Sure they were and still are, you included.

      Gawie Gorrel - 2013-03-25 10:51

      @Ntsele What a strange comment?!Stop looking back, the future is in front. So it is ok if others stuffed up and that gives this Government the licence to continue in the same way? Strange comment, very, very strange!

      Gawie Gorrel - 2013-03-25 10:56

      @Ritz40 And what did you do boy, to better the situation? No use now. What the hell has services in townships to do with the pathetic service at hospitals now?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-25 11:13

      Colleen Erasmus, many of us fought for change and look what we got. What a waste of time.

      Jimmy Dalton - 2013-03-25 11:31

      @Ntsele. There would have been more and beter trained Dr's pre 1994. The ANC f@@cked up everything they've touched since 1994. Everything went down except their bankbalances.

      mo.matt.14 - 2013-03-25 12:29

      Ntsele, sure there would have been doctors. We had some of the best physicians in the world. We discovered heart transplants. Yes, the oppressive government had to go, and I for one are glad its gone. However, the ANC inherited some of the best hospitals in the world. Had they looked after it as they should have, instead of sticking money in their back pockets, and had they looked after the existing doctors, at the very least to teach new doctors and pass on skills, the picture would have been different. However they insisted on making it as difficult as possible for doctors, so most of our skills now serve some other country. The chickens have come home to roost now. What's left is lazy, incompetent and corrupt doctors and nurses. The health budget is spent on glorifying ministers homes, or otherwise paying grants to health employees. It is a HUGE shame, and you should be outraged as well, because even though you oppose the comments here because it was white guys dying, you must know that many many more extremely poor black people die in our public hospitals every day because of this. Have you been to one? Have you seen VERY sick people sitting in long queues, or lying in the hallways waiting to be helped. Is that acceptable to you? Pre or post apartheid is NOT the issue. Human life and dignity is, and the right of EVERY citizen to get proper health care. If it is family of yours dying because of incompetence, would you sing a different tune then?

      heinrich.nel.35 - 2013-03-25 14:57

      They are still branded as racists now clive, as soon as you just mention anything about a white person is being discriminated against to the benefit of a black person, you are branded a racist, hope is really wasted on the hopeless. It is quite tragic but we have to stop kidding ourselves. . .things will NEVER get better. The rest of the African continent can testify to that! The downhill slope of what was SA in the Mandela-era is getting steeper by the day. We can only pity those who still believe that there is a glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnle.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-27 08:43

      "So there would be high number of doctors if we were still under the oppressive pre-1994 government?" Looking at the amount of doctors that left SA since 1994, yes.

  • Colleen Erasmus - 2013-03-25 10:04

    Department of Health is always looking into a matter, they are inept at even sorting out paper work! The hospital administrator needs to be brought onto the red mat! This is not a joke and I'm sorry to say its just not acceptable. I have also been turned away by a certain 24 hour clinic here, my little boy was running a soaring temp that would not break and they said to me they do not work with toddlers! Yet there were other mother sitting there with there babies, guess what!

  • Morne Nagel - 2013-03-25 10:04

    This hospital' doctors should be held responsible for the death of these two men!! WTF! How do you run a hospital without a doctor on standby? It's because there is lazy people stealing our tax money and doing nothing that incidents like this happen and also because the cANCer health department aren't doing their jobs! You should be held responsible!

      Vicki Malatse - 2013-03-25 10:42

      @Morne the situation is at a critical stage,and is not because of doctors or lazy nurse.Ive worked in public hospitals before,hospitals runs for days or weeks with 1 doctor or none,if only South African can wake up and hold those we voted for accountable and responsible

  • Brent Wicksted - 2013-03-25 10:07

    Wow, sincere condolences to the families of the deceased. My heart goes out to the children left behind. Life just got a whole lot harder for them now. Difficult to justify having and bringing up children in this beautiful but backwards country.

  • nicholus.nakanyane - 2013-03-25 10:11

    This happens all the time..this is what we always get from this gevernment..''we are looking into this matter'' every screwup we get that.if u cant run the country..tlhologa setulo..

  • Janet Butler - 2013-03-25 10:12

    This is shocking. Surely, a Dr or two should have been on duty ?

  • Tholithemba B Ntsele - 2013-03-25 10:14

    You overwork and underpay people.... they run to better paying countries.... the limited number that is left can't be always available. *Summary of the situation*

      Morne Nagel - 2013-03-25 10:21

      So then the death of people should be accepted? Where do you think those doctors were? They we're given those position for a reason and surely some working hours so why weren't there even one doctor? While he was sitting at home all comfortable two men we're dying! It's unacceptable!

      Vicki Malatse - 2013-03-25 10:59

      so true Themba,many of us left and we are not going back there,i didnt even leave the country.the conditions are horrible and SA has misplaced anger,instead of directing it to authorities they dirrect it to service providers

      akaRags - 2013-03-25 11:47

      I can't quite see why Ntsele got so many thumbs down - the fact of the matter is so many doctors have left to go to countries with better working conditions and pay and let's face it countries that are safer, and are more stable politically and economically. He's not saying it should be accepted - he's just stating a fact, which is sad but true......

      Leora Lipka - 2013-03-25 13:08

      I agree with Themba to some degree, there are not enough doctors, the heads of departments within hospitals seem to be political appointments, usually with lesser qualifications and experience than those reporting to them. White doctors get hauled over the coals everytime they tell the black nurses to do something.. the nurses.. in state hospitals are lazy.. sorry to say mainly black nurses..possibly because of the employment equity targets.. also medical student intake at universities, based on race quotas.. most don't finish..these nurses seem to be lacking in compassion and pride in doing their jobs well. not to mention the corruption taking place within the health dept so that funds are missappropriated.. Pay the good doctors and nurses well.. stop making them work 36 hour shifts.. i don't want to be treated by someone who through no fault of their own cannot function optimally. and for heaven's sake CLEAN up the damn hospitals and the environment.

      Dee - 2013-03-25 15:38

      Morne! Read before u comment! 1 Dr can only work so many hours in a day! So it's up to the department of health to make sure some1 is on duty at all times! Drs are free to stay at their houses when off duty- they are human too.

  • AgSies Man - 2013-03-25 10:18

    My sister in law died two years ago when the staff at Addington did not treat her. When we checked up with the desk nurse as to the reason for the delay, she claimed they were waiting for the results of the blood tests. But I was with my sister in law all the time, and no-one ever took blood. By 0800 the next morning she passed away - never having received any treatment. Its shocking and so so sad.

      AgSies Man - 2013-03-25 11:02

      And that's not all... when my wife recently tried using our local health clinic, the sisters refused to speak English to her, addressing her in Zulu while at the same time allowing patients behind her, to be placed ahead of her in the queue...

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-03-25 10:19

    Does the Hippocratic Oath still exist? Our doctors seem to have forgotten about it.

      mo.matt.14 - 2013-03-25 13:02

      Not at all, by the looks of it. Nurses and doctors used to be proud to serve. it was n honour to be a nurse, and and a respected career. These days, any incompetent person who cannot find employment joins the government, whether it is becomeing a nurse, a troop, or a policeman or some pen-pusher. At least you will get paid doing as little as possible.

      Charles Robbie - 2013-03-25 19:06

      SO Sad but it is no longer accepted... it was a dream of an era long forgotten...humanity failed AGAIN!

  • George Pito - 2013-03-25 10:22

    And we dont want white kids to become doctors rather get Cubans

      konanani.rachicoper - 2013-03-25 10:34

      Huuh?

      Nigel Burgess - 2013-03-25 11:21

      Konani - yes this is true. Are you not up to date with current ANC politics?

  • Monique Naude - 2013-03-25 10:24

    I was in an armed robbery in 2003. My partner at the time was shot in the face and nearly bled out. We were very lucky that Joburg Gen. was open that morning. It was closed the night before due to lack of staff members. At the time, they literally operated one night open, one night closed, in conjunction with Bara... Now, this was 10 years ago. In the mean time, this government has managed to squander money on fancy cars and clothes, big mansions in fancy suburbs, expensive parties and lavish shopping trips, repairs to private homes to the tune of BILLIONS. (This includes Zumaville) New furniture for government departments, all while failing to deliver a basic human right. NOT A SERVICE, A RIGHT!!! Why are we paying taxes? Fine, SARS sets the budgets for departments, BUT, I say it is time to stop paying our taxes, and using that money to do the work ourselves. Hell! I will offer up one day a week on a project to better the lives of people in my community! Seeing that government doesn't care, we need to do it ourselves now. I agree with Tshepo M. To hell with government. They are in power, not in service, and that is the big mistake people of this country have made for many, many years! Come voting time next year, please make this your motto... WE WILL VOTE PEOPLE INTO SERVICE, NOT INTO POWER, AND THEY WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

      jljooste - 2013-03-25 11:39

      Bravo! the best post I have seen in a very long time

  • lorraine.golding1 - 2013-03-25 10:24

    IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT QUALIFIED PEOPLE ARE EMPLOYED IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM TO BRING THE HOSPITALS BACK TO THE STATE THAT THEY WERE IN PRE 1994. WE HAD THE BEST HOSPITALS AND THE NURSING STAFF WERE ALSO QUALIFIED TO LOOK AFTER THE PATIENTS NEEDS AND NOT SIT AROUND BEING COMPLETELY USELESS.

      Charles Robbie - 2013-03-25 19:09

      Oh PLEASE !! They are only there for the free food at the canteen!! Any 'normal' doctors would either be in private practice or out of the country by now...Seen any slim healthy nurses lately? I rest my case...

      Joe James - 2013-03-26 09:47

      Parallel social/educational/economic/health/recreational systems for some 300 years(Stand to be corrected), when the time came for all systems to be one surely you were not expecting it to be smooth.

  • Starlight3 - 2013-03-25 10:25

    Just another instance in the long list of ANC failures to deliver services to the people! My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. This is criminal negligence as far as I am concerned and someone should be held responsible!

  • Charlotte Van Dongen - 2013-03-25 10:26

    gosh, were they turned away because hospital is run by ''the department of healthy'' (as per above report) and they were too sick!!!

  • Sipho Spele - 2013-03-25 10:27

    SA as a country is not wrong but it is our leaders, public servants and politics, Our life is so cheap nd has no value.

  • lydia.benkenstein - 2013-03-25 10:35

    And as those TV ads say- 'And thats not all!'

  • Matshwenyego Leola - 2013-03-25 10:35

    Were are Doctors. Why are they not at work. Must we loose our families cause of them in this democrasy people just do as they wish this days hospital is no longer a place were u will get help but death zone area even sisters working there they don't care they are there cause they got job. What must we do were to go pls Minister of health assist us we are suffering

      lydia.benkenstein - 2013-03-25 10:42

      I agree. I have queried the fact that my brother did not have a pillow. The sister(at a state owned hospital) told me that I was being cheeky!

      mo.matt.14 - 2013-03-25 13:06

      Vote them out, that is what you must do. We keep voting the same corrupt people in, even though we know how they are stealing our taxes. We need to vote for someone who will care enough for people to invest in our healthcare, and get people there who want to serve, not earn just a salary

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-03-25 10:36

    Sick! Thank you Department of Health!

  • lydia.benkenstein - 2013-03-25 10:36

    Now watch the excuses roll in!

  • Grant Foster - 2013-03-25 10:37

    Wonder how long this can carry on before people snap, hopefully not too long to go.

  • lydia.benkenstein - 2013-03-25 10:38

    This is scary stuff, people dying through neglect.

  • jljooste - 2013-03-25 10:40

    en ek hoop dat die familie van die twee oorledenes die hospitaal gaan dagvaar dit is totaal en al onaanvaarbaar......

      Babsie Price - 2013-03-25 11:18

      Lawyers do no want to take these cases on, we tried, my daughter died the most horrific death, due to staff not interested, TWO white docters not interested, just kept on telling her she must relax, in the meantime she had septisimia with a count of 22 for infection - extremely high - and suffered an asma attack! and this was a private hospital in Kempton Park. Medical Aids can help when they see patients are not getting better but it is costing thousands! Even if you pay a lot, we are pensioners and we pay over R5000 and then you still have to pay in. I am so sorry for the two men's families, for those left behind life is never the same again.My life and my grandchildren's lives will never be the same again. Our doctors and incompetent hospital staff are no better than our incompetent police. At the end of the day it is how you do your job to the best of your ability.

      Bernard Nienaber - 2013-03-25 13:07

      wil jy ietsie uit die dagvaar geld hê JL ?

  • Tasmee Hylkema - 2013-03-25 10:42

    The department of "healthy"?? I dont think the department of Health is very healthy at this stage!! Condolences to the families of both men. Tragic!!!! Hope the families sue the department of "healthy"!!

  • Jurgen Giering - 2013-03-25 10:44

    Dear All although i am not a fan of the ANC and it's policies, I would like to tell a story of how my father was turned away by the Pricess nursing home in Johannesburg in 1977 and subsequently died. So who did we blame that time the hospital, not the government! why the difference??

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-03-25 11:01

      Jurgen there is a very big difference between a nursing home and a state hospital! Unfortunately our govt is responsible for the running of that hospital otherwise this would probably never happen.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-27 08:49

      Pricess nursing home was a private institution. Big difference.

  • Maluxion Nketle - 2013-03-25 10:44

    Iam just waiting for the spin doctoring from the department,when they say they'll first look into it they mean they'll still have to seek advice on what to say from the boss of spin doctoring Mac Maharaj.

  • Gary5 - 2013-03-25 10:45

    A hospital that was probably rated as one of the top in the old proper SA now has NO docter on duty????? AND obviously had not notified the paramedics of this?? Condolences to all concerned atthe deaths. This must lead to firings,biggest medical claims on local gov etc.

      riad.mahomed - 2013-03-25 11:29

      @Gary5: I believe that with age comes wisdom (seeing that you are a retired person), however in your case you are none the wiser since it’s sad that you sneaked in words that insinuates your support to the so called “old proper SA” loosely translated, the South Africa that was ruled by a Government that ruled the land under “Apartheid”.

  • WILLIAM2012 - 2013-03-25 10:49

    shocking, simply shocking!!!!!

  • Ghostsword - 2013-03-25 10:52

    How can there be NO DOCTOR at a HOSPITAL!!! How is this possible? Just does not make sense. :(

  • Shawon Tiltman - 2013-03-25 10:52

    WELCOME TO THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA. .....l wonder if that would have happend in the old south Africa ....even to a black person ... country is sick and the gravey train virus is on a road to nowhere .

  • Vicki Malatse - 2013-03-25 10:52

    Im thankful and greatful everyday when i wake up that i left public health service and dont intend to go back ever.People who blame doctors and nurses for this are ill informed.The conditions are very bad and instead of atttacking service providers we should as South Africans hold those in authority accountable and responsible for such.Shortage of service providers has reached a critical stage and with NHI on the way the worst is still to come

      Charles Robbie - 2013-03-25 19:12

      Well done for leaving Madam...please never feel bad about that. You did well...

  • MichaelMichele Daniel - 2013-03-25 10:54

    This is why I don't live in SA anymore and it really breaks my heart to read this sort of thing

      Khethu Ndlovu - 2013-03-25 11:16

      Ure not in south africa and yet ure so embroiled in her affairs, u must be...

      jljooste - 2013-03-25 11:52

      aw! another brainless idiot, Do you even understand what Michael Daniel is trying to say? no I don't think so

      Bernard Nienaber - 2013-03-25 13:12

      Lynette who do you think you are calling everyone brainless or idiots? cant you make a decent comment without attacking whomever you dont agree with. it honestly shows your lack of being able to debate which in turn mirror's your lack of education, probably because you left school in st 4 with Julius.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2013-03-25 14:57

      bERNARD Yes i have spelt your name correctly because you should know that there are no longer standards in RSA Education only grades.

      Bernard Nienaber - 2013-03-25 16:36

      and your point is Gerald? please tell me you have one or am i missing something here?

  • Terence Wessels - 2013-03-25 10:56

    Tragic. My thoughts are with the families. ANC don't care though people, Jerkoff Zoomdoof has his own private clinic in Nkandla, with top Drs and nurses and fully stocked. Not for the community though, only King Corruption and extended family. Nice.

  • Magda Henning - 2013-03-25 10:57

    The minister of health should deal with this problems and leave the smoking problem. This is far more out of control than smoking. The family should ask for justice on this one.

  • anesh.ashokumar.7 - 2013-03-25 10:58

    Bieng a patient In a hospital its shocking doctors don't treat patients for what they need they just find excuses to get rid of patients they think they are doing us a favour sorry they get paid 4 this they forgot the oath they take on lives

  • Tarn Alcock - 2013-03-25 11:01

    Wow. And it's not even a private hospital? Here at medi clinic in WC, people will not even be examined until medical aid document or hard cash are provided, no matter the severity of the injury.

      akaRags - 2013-03-25 12:10

      I work in a Netcare hospital, and if a patient is brought to the hosptial in a life threatning emergency because it was the closest hospital for survival they will be treated, and then transferred to a provincial hospital when stable....... That said it is a sad state of affairs in a country, when private health care becomes big business because of an inept govt, and only a minority of the population can afford quality care.

      Charles Robbie - 2013-03-25 19:15

      Akarags...Sorry to disagree.... If you cannot get a mortgage in 2 hours to pay a private hospital you are shown the door! FACT !

      akaRags - 2013-03-26 08:42

      @Charles - I don't know if you read my comment properly, but where I work you WILL be treated in a LIFE THREATNING emergency but will be transferred as soon as possible but for those folk who go without a medical aid in a NON life threatening emergency, yes you have to pay big deposits...... I know - I work there..

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-03-25 11:01

    HIPPOCRATIC OATH???????????

      mo.matt.14 - 2013-03-25 13:09

      "Hau! That is a racist thing created by the apartheid government! We will never accept it!" Sure that is what the minister of health would say.

      Charles Robbie - 2013-03-25 19:16

      So true Matt...

  • Favourite Khoza - 2013-03-25 11:02

    It is painful,is this what we call freedom. our beloved country is going down the drain under the leadership of "king mswati" of south africa( jacob zuma)