Nurses must be held liable - Denosa

2011-08-10 17:59

Johannesburg - Nurses should be held accountable for the ill-treatment and abuse of pregnant patients, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) said on Wednesday.

"We wish to emphasise that, as an organisation, we strongly advocate for quality patient care and therefore do not condone any ill-treatment of patients by health care workers," said Denosa spokesperson Asanda Fongqo.

Denosa was responding a Human Rights Watch (HRW) study released on Monday on maternity care failures

The study was based on interviews conducted with patients, human rights experts and government officials between August 2010 and April 2011.

It quoted women who claimed to have been assaulted, ignored and refused admission by hospital staff while they were in labour.

One of them told researchers that nurses had forced her to clean a hospital floor after she bled during childbirth.


Fongqo said the incidents of abuse would be resolved only if the entire health care system was interrogated.

"We are concerned about our health system, hence we will continue to empower nurses on professionalism, [and] engage government on how we can overhaul and improve the quality of care given to our people," he said.

"We are heartened by the Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's optimism in improving the said status and we commit ourselves in working with his department in overcoming these challenges."

Motsoaledi said plans to re-engineer the health care system were passed last week.

Under the new system, every district in the country would have a seat for a permanent gynaecologist and principal midwife.

"We need health workers that respect the basic rights of patients, and these new posts will provide competent people who will be responsible and accountable for instances of abuse," Motsoaledi said.

  • POLLENYS - 2011-08-10 18:13

    Well, I suppose this is what happens when people with no culture of caring are made nurses. How terrible. Will it ever change?

      Umfubi - 2011-08-10 21:37

      What a ridiculous comment. By 'people with no culture of caring', what do you mean? Blacks, I suppose? Then how do you explain that similar problems with nursing care are quite common in the UK? Also: people are not 'made nurses' - they have to study for three years and pass exams.

      John - 2011-08-10 22:47

      @Umfubi . . What absolute rubbish. Since when have nurses in the UK assaulted pregnant women? In any case, even in the unlikely event that it did happen there, at least the guilty parties would be punished. Nothing will happen here. Why are you apologizing for these people? Are you a nurse?

      dotty_01 - 2011-08-11 06:58

      umfubi, i have seen how nurses treat their patients in this country - and i have been disgusted. have you got proof that nurses in the UK behave in a similar manner? what garbage. stop being so defensive about your race grouping - it is not our fault that you guys have taken professions that should be centered around caring and serving the public and turned them into trash. but i suppose this is what happens when most of you are focussed on your next strike, your next wage increase and your next handout. you guys need to grow up and realise that you are breaking down structures that will not be rebuilt when you consider the rate at which skill is leaving the country (and yes, when i refer to 'skill', i mean WHITE PEOPLE)....

      Smaal - 2011-08-11 07:51

      @Umfubi: "people are not 'made nurses' - they have to study for three years and pass exams." I can assure you that is not the case. The fast tracking of nurses is no new phenomenon and is forced by government and this includes the shortening of courses and dropping of standards. Bottom line (as in all governmental imputations) appointments are based on skin colour and NOT skills!

  • BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-10 18:13

    Well who else would be accountable for patient care in a Hospital ? I remember the days when nurses were slim, trim, smart & pretty !

      Smaal - 2011-08-11 07:54

      Those days are long gone my friend. Now you go to hospital to die and if you are lucky you might actually see a FAT, ....., ....., ....., ......, ..... and ..... nurse just before you pass on.

  • BigMoose - 2011-08-10 18:43

    Give me some chicken before you hatch!

  • Nongoloza - 2011-08-10 18:48

    Health care will never improve as long as you have affirmitive action appointed bush nurses and doctors. How can you have people who rape babies to cure aids and sleep on 2 bricks under their bed to protect themselves from a tokoloshe that can fly caring for the sick and injured???!?!?!?!?!

  • John - 2011-08-10 19:00

    Health care staff assaulting pregnant women? Oh, right. It's South Africa. Nothing will happen in our culture of non-accountability that starts right from the top.

  • letsee - 2011-08-10 19:01

    Wishful thinking since labour laws protect every employee unless they raise concerns regarding leasing of buildings and other like that.

  • doctor28 - 2011-08-10 19:53

    I've seen this in every hospital I've worked in! Absolute incompetent, lazy, rude, uncaring, illiterate and under-trained nurses in EVERY department! They aren't able to perform basic procedures of nurses of the old days, have NO medical insight and don't carry out most of the instructions we prescribe especially if it interferes with their 12 tea breaks per day or with their sleep between 00:00 and 6:00. During their strikes last year I was able to train ordinary civilian volunteers within 24 hours to perform ALL duties the nurses had to perform at my casualty and they did it better than the nurses seeing that they cared more and worked with more enthusiasm and diligence. I was disappointed to see the nurses return because the standards fell!

      POLLENYS - 2011-08-10 21:21

      Let's hear it from the ANC trolls - or don't they have answers? Apartheid's fault?

      dotty_01 - 2011-08-11 07:03

      i can just imagine how it is. my mother works for a company that is automating all its' procedures and importing what it cannot automate. the bottom line - the bosses are sick and tired of demanding they are getting rid of the 'humans'... the other day they raised an issue with the shop steward because there was no toilet papet in the loos - and this is because they steal it - they have the proof on CCTV! they were threatening to down tools over this. how pathetic.

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