Nurse union disturbed by bloodied beds

2011-01-10 12:51

East London - Nurses' union Denosa is "disturbed" by a media report claiming that patients and newborn babies at two Eastern Cape hospitals slept on bloodied beds during the festive season.

"We utterly condemn the treatment of patients under such inhumane conditions," Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA spokesperson Asanda Fongqo said in a statement on Monday.

The Sunday Times reported that a private firm contracted to provide laundry services to East London's Frere and Cecilia Makhiwane hospitals did not own a washing machine.

The union called for "urgent" employment of full time support staff, including people responsible for providing laundry services to hospitals.

"We have said time and time again that outsourcing services such as laundry is not only a waste of funds but contributes adversely on efficiency and quality," Fongqo said.

"The situation in these hospitals also undermines one of the most significant health fundamentals of infection control and puts more lives at risk."

  • Zoolie - 2011-01-10 12:58

    And after the investigation, they will find that the laundomat with no washing machines was the cousin of the wife of the janitor in the hospital. Hand outs again, no one takes the time to see if the actual services provided is real. Then they become blind when they see the sheets are dirty when making the beds. Funny how this always seem to be just another added problem when it comes to the health department.

  • Cynical Sci - 2011-01-10 13:03

    At least, if you are going to outsource, do your homework on the possible companies first.

      Zion - 2011-01-10 13:51

      Did you know that the Kimberley hospital was sending its dirty laundry to a company in gauteng. Now you can start to appreciate the logistics that can go wrong with this arrangement. Think of the extra costs just for transport while there are local companies.

  • stephanjvv - 2011-01-10 13:15

    Eish, I can't beleive. NOT.

  • David - 2011-01-10 13:20

    This Sickens me... Bunch of USELESS, USELESS, USELESS people. I have met dogs, monkeys, rabbits and snakes with more moral values than you. Go ahead... deal the Race-Card as you allways do...

  • geanann - 2011-01-10 13:21

    The disaster that is the Health Department lurches from one disaster to the next. No wonder we have one of the fatest rising infant mortality rate in the world. And they want to take over private health?

      DeonL - 2011-01-10 14:56

      At last we are have a better person running Health now than a Zuma or a previous watch thief!

  • bill - 2011-01-10 13:21

    Filth , squalor and corruption.Zuma's legacy.

  • CharlSkeptic - 2011-01-10 13:26

    Sickening. Seriously, my stomach lurched at the thought of the bloody linen

  • Prav_in - 2011-01-10 13:28

    My Mum unfortunately is in one the the Provincial Hospitals, she is unable to walk or wash herself and she was told not to spoil their (nurses) Christmas, she must just hold it.

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  • nonduplume - 2011-01-10 13:39

    Amazing how Denosa are concerned after the fact! This is not the only hospital in this sitution, try Helen Joseph! Nothing will change although everybody is fully aware of what is going on, they will only comment when it comes to light. Nobody will be held accountable, nobody will be responsible, just the public will suffer in silence and the taxpayer will dig deeper.

      Dave - 2011-01-10 14:00

      Agreed, clean linen is a problem in all you know how many operations are cancelled because there is no clean linen availalbe?

  • DeonL - 2011-01-10 13:41

    Later in the year the strike season open again. I wonder if striking workers will forcebly remove doctors from theatre again? No wonder local doctors rather go oversease or into private practice. Luckily we have such "good relations" with Cuba and there drs!

  • Zion - 2011-01-10 13:48

    A recommentation is to have a proper contractor who is qualified to do the work and is equiped to do so. Not some tjommie of the matron who has a Fuzzy Logic machine stuck somewhere in the garage.

      ant 1 - 2011-01-10 14:23

      that,s the problem fuzzy logic in there heads

  • Tim Gregory - 2011-01-10 13:53

    oh dear. and this is why we need to stop making use of private health care?

  • Talitha Taljaard - 2011-01-10 13:55

    How can a hospital give a contract to a laundry firm that doesn't even own a washing machine? Or does the company actually belong to the hospital administrator signing off on the deals and is pocketing the money under the table? I don't know how our hospitals are going to get fixed. I honestly don't. Where are the days when people saw nursing as a calling, instead of some job where they can go to sit and drink tea all day and get paid for it?

  • croix - 2011-01-10 14:09

    Go into ANY provincial hospital in the country - it reeks of urine, the beds are shockingly filthy, paint peeling everywhere, toilets don't work, very basic medicines or zero medical supplies present in dispensaries, totally understaffed hospitals all over SA and one then wonders : WHY are people PAID for NOT doing their jobs??? Disgusting cesspools where you go to commit 'suicide'. And to think some of our people have ZERO CHOICE - but to accept the status quo.

      gmck21 - 2011-01-10 14:49

      ALL im gonna say is that nurses at government hospitals are the most ARROGANT employees in the world.... unreal how gov hospitals have turned into useless institutions. VIVA VIVA

      bill - 2011-01-10 14:51

      You are dealing with people that are unable or unwilling to attach consequenses to actions and have no vision for the betterment of all.Their sole objective is to consume and to appropriate with little thought for their fellow countrymen.

  • Michael Edwin Bowery - 2011-01-10 14:14

    One more example of why our hospitals, once among the finest in Africa are now the dirtiest, the most inefficient, riddled with the ANC malaise of corruption and disease ridden in the world. All in the 17 years this government came to power. Michael Bowery

  • Templar - 2011-01-10 14:16

    Interesting that Polydonky and the rest of the morons haven't commented to say it's another DA plot to discredit the glorious leaders. Surely someone did their homework regarding the awarding of the laundry tender, after all, any company wishing to tender has to meet a set criteria before being able to do so. If the company doesn't, it shouldn't get the tender. If it doesn't meet the criteria after, the tender should be withdrawn and the money repaid. The moron who awarded the tender should be charged with misadministration of funds...but, as we all know, what are the chances. Our illustrious minister of health will yet again pronounce indignation, set up a commission and achieve nothing. Either that or say they "didn't know" which is just as bloody pointless as it only proves they don't know what's happening in their own damn departments, other than how many cadres they've deployed to cock up the system. As for the National Health system...take the mistakes made here and make it national. Furthermore I have absolutely no doubt that our wonderful nurses (not all of them mind you, as some do actually take pride in their calling) will go on strike again, claiming huge bonusses for the wonderful work being performed. It's a tough life having to care for someone instead of being able to sit on your fat arse all day long...

      ArtGee - 2011-01-10 15:12

      Same as the son of the ZuluShagger that got the Mining Rights for Sishen Iron Ore, and "SOLD" it back to Mittal Steel! No experience, but got the mining rights! Ja BOET!

  • Mariska - 2011-01-10 15:04

    This wasn't the case before the ANC was elected chief-cook-and-bottle-washer. Hospitals used to do their own laundry. Then they started outsourcing-to-my-chommie. Now, al of a sudden it's a good idea for hospitals to do their own laundry. We fix what wasn't broken?

  • paranorm.investigate - 2011-01-10 15:07

    Surely they should have a picture of a black nuse, not a white one.

  • alousav - 2011-01-10 15:26

    God help us over the upcoming years if the matric pass rate is 30%...... they will be sending dry cleaning the the catering companies and catering leftovers to the laundromats!!!

  • v3 - 2011-01-10 16:06

    For DNOSA to be blaming bad management and tendering on outsourcing shows they are part of the problem not part of the solution. At least with outsourced services they can be fired when the press or DA bring this sort of thing to light.

  • Phil - 2011-01-10 16:09

    The private firm does infact own plenty washing machines...., and they are all voice operated....! Yes Yes as in my gate is voice operated " PAULO, OPEN THE GATE"!

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