Patients left naked in hospital ward

2012-08-03 11:48

East London - The Eastern Cape health department has promised to investigate a report that patients at a hospital were left naked in a cold ward for at least two days.

This comes after an Mdantsane woman told The Dispatch about how she found her 80-year-old husband naked in his hospital bed at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital.

Gilbert Gidana was admitted to the hospital last Thursday after he had a stroke.

When his wife, Nontozakhe Gidana, and son, Bhekuyise Gidana, visited him on Sunday, they were stunned to find him naked in his ward. Other patients in the ward were also unclothed.

In a letter to the hospital, the mother and son wrote: “I was shocked by what I saw. He was nude. He had no pyjamas on. The explanation was that there was no clean linen at the time. It was a cold winter’s day.

“It was humiliation of the worst kind.  The ward was cold and stinking. Can the hospital explain to me why my husband was subjected to this kind of humiliation?”

Nontozakhe Gidana told the Dispatch that hospital authorities told her not to leave any clothes with her husband in case they got lost.

Provincial health spokesperson, Sizwe Kupelo, said: “We strongly condemn the incident, it’s a clear violation of human rights. It’s no different from what we discovered in Queenstown at the beginning of the year.

“It’s unacceptable that a patient should be subjected to such conditions.  We are going to do an investigation to ascertain who is responsible for this.”

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-03 11:58

    If you stronly condemn then dont just talk about it....Do something about it !

      Justin.D.Glenn - 2012-08-03 12:36

      Eastern Cape is a cANCer run province where the only thing they do is talk about things.

      crazyjourno - 2012-08-03 13:03

      VOTE DA

      gary.williams.7186896 - 2012-08-03 13:27

      Hospitals, The Police, Education, Justice system and and and - Epic Fail = ANC self enriching bastards! "A better life for all" Yeah f'king Right!!!

      john.moodley.7 - 2012-08-03 13:44

      it seems as if they were just hanging around in the corridor

  • sibiya.nqubeko - 2012-08-03 12:00

    Totally unacceptable!!! Do to others what you would have them do to you!

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-03 12:01

    heartless immoral snakes...what's up with state hospital staff?....can they please have RESPECT 4 senior citizens....and everybody

  • gpitse - 2012-08-03 12:01

    Changed cannot come from cANCer, its all shift of blame , lets vote this fools out of power=change!

  • stfrancisbay - 2012-08-03 12:01

    Don't think that stock picture is the best choice here new24

  • Gavin - 2012-08-03 12:01

    this makes me so f'ing mad, in SA we are investigating about a trillion cases of blatant incompetence, when will the focus shift back to quality everything instead of putting an idiot behind the counter ??????????

      riette.nothling - 2012-08-03 12:56

      The main problem here is a good BBEEE rating...

  • felix.feline.3 - 2012-08-03 12:03

    Use qualified people and this won't happen. Open the nurse training colleges again.

      Linda - 2012-08-03 12:37

      You dont have to be qualified to have compassion for others - just basic human decency - which the staff at this hospital clearly lack!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-03 12:04

    Come on South Africans-how much more of this are we going to allow! You are denied decent medical treatment,humiliated,payients dying,you are denied a basic education-yet we just see 5.5% increase to mps,fancy cars,tender fraud etc!!!!!!!Behaviour like this is slapping each South African in the face and telling them they mean NOTHING!!!!!! If this was Mandelas vision[which I doubt it was] then can someone tell me exactly WHAT FREEDOM HAVE SOUTH HAVE POST 1994?????????

  • Johann.vanderWalt2 - 2012-08-03 12:06

    and now NHI will bring this same great service to private hospitals. Fun

  • shellerjc.rjc - 2012-08-03 12:07

    State Hospitals are a disgrace, my aunt was another state hospital where she collapsed in the hallway and was just left there, she had to crawl back to her bed while nurses all walked passed her an dothers just sat at the nurses station staring at her.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-03 12:12

      Disgraceful they are. A woman I know went into prem labour at 35 weeks,hubby rushed her to hospital. Firstly they refused to admit her because she had forgotten her clinic card,then she was left in labour for 19 hours and no care. The baby died minutes after birth. Its basically murder which these"florence nightingales" commit daily and to think doctors take the hypocratic oath!!

      Perfume5 - 2012-08-03 13:57

      Speak of which ladies, I witnessed a lady go into labour and miscarry in front of the nurses and other patients in the "waiting" area. We were all screaming on top of our voices, asking them if they will assist the woman, they looked at us as if we were mental patients. They then had the nerve to ask her "do you want us to wrap the baby up, so that you can take it home to prepare the funeral" I stood with my eyes wide-open in shock!!!! It is no longer a vocation, now it is a job with perks.

  • mark.higgens.9 - 2012-08-03 12:18

    welcome to the NHI!!!!! we hope you enjoy your stay... if you live that long.

  • bakers.dozen.14 - 2012-08-03 12:18

    It’s a well-known fact that the average nurse is not in it for the profession but in it for the food and the perks. Lack of: Training, Discipline and Administration, from the top down. Unfortunately we all can't leave so we have to make the best of a bad thing and force improvement by complaining, fighting and Carte Blanching not to forget Madonselaing. What a pity a great country destroyed in so short a short space of time.

  • nadineelvina.francis - 2012-08-03 12:21

    Its so sad that our desperately sick and dying are treated in this callous and undignified manner. Heads need to roll in the Department of health and at this hospital. This is not about the lack of funds - Its about someone not doing their job. If you go into any hospital today - you will see staff- doctors, nurses cleaners etc on cellphones, talking , walking and turning and very few actually making a difference and doing their jobs - They generally FAFF about all day doing as little as they possibly can do- WE THE SA PUBLIC are sick of it.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-08-03 12:28

    What else does one expect in this country these days?

  • lmapheto - 2012-08-03 12:30

    I always ask myself which part of the community does these nurses or hospital staff belong to? Suffering in the hands of your own kind, it’s really degradation.

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-08-03 12:31

    Keep voting ANC and keep struggling comrades!!!! VIVA AFRICA VIVA

  • Mark - 2012-08-03 12:32

    How can they run a country when they can't even run a hospital?

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-03 12:53

      Couldn't run a piss-up in a brewery. Useless, thieving cANCer clowns. You get what you vote for.

      mondli.ngcobo.98 - 2012-08-04 01:10

      I know that 'They' refers to BLacks. U r such a bloody racist who does not think. Your stereotype thinking deserve to be condemned and u must know that no white will ever run this country again. White people failed to run this country that's why every person who fought against white government is a hero today

  • angela.monaghansandells - 2012-08-03 12:40

    The problem here is that we have nurses that don't care about human dignity. I am not saying ALL nurses don't care, many are wonderful, caring people, both in private and state hospitals. However there are those who see it only as a means of income - another sad sign of the times we live in. And yes I do realise hospitals are under-staffed but that is no excuse for this kind of thing.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-08-03 12:43

    Soon under NHI all South Africans will be left naked, cold and stinking. And they still won't get quality health care.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-08-03 12:50

    The despatch staff need to strip naked and made to walk around the hospital for a day!!!!!

  • riette.nothling - 2012-08-03 12:55

    "He was nude. He had no pyjamas on. The explanation was that there was no clean linen at the time" - what does clean linen have to do witht he fact that his pyjamas were taken? Everyday I read these articles and just shake my head, there isn't money for hospitals and health car, but they try to justify a R2mil car for Ace Magashule!

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-08-03 12:58

    No news, how bad it might be is shocking under the ANC governed country. And why, it's easy, their self employed so-called managers has got no idee what the word work, respect and responsibility means. And above all, they got no clue what they are doing.

  • celiwecindy.ngongomamkhize - 2012-08-03 13:01

    Sometimes I feel that a nurse is the most cruel person on earth..

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-08-03 13:39

    This is just a summary of the direction the country is taking. No one gives a f##ck anymore so long as their own rumps are covered. Sad hey!!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-03 13:51

      Sadder still is that these imbeciles keep voting for the very party who doesn't give a toss about them. Ignorant morons.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-03 13:45

    Viva cANCer viva! Keep voting cANCer! Keep on struggling!

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-03 13:56

    Until the people stand up against these tyrants called the anc then long shall they live like peasants in poverty and misery. Come the next elections their eyes will be blinded by the promises of a new South Africa. If you keep voting for the same political party you get the same results. So if you voted anc and you still live in a shack then you have only yourself to thank.

  • Stacey Louise Patterson - 2012-08-03 13:57

    The sadness and the shocking reality it is like that at most hospitals. As an employee working at a government hospital i am appalled at this but also at the fact this is a daily reality. It too affects my job as patients cannot receive intensive rehabilitation if there is no linen. Thus this does not only compromise at patients integrity and rights but also negatively impacts on their hospital care and improvement in their health and functioning. something needs to be done!!! Our voices are not being heard on the ground level!!!

  • marleze.baartman - 2012-08-03 14:16

    I'm a nurse and I always say if you don't have compassion u don't belong in this profession. If there was no clean linen available, the Nurses there should have phoned the family to bring some clean linen and even if it means that the patient should lay in the day before's clothes while waiting for clean clothes, but not naked it's humiliating.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-08-03 14:28

    Sadly, they will all vote for the anc... again

  • allen.vanzyl - 2012-08-03 17:47

    This is true. My partner of 25 years was in the Frere Hospital ICU and passed on 29 April 2012. When my mother, sister and I arrived during the visiting hours, he was laying, in a coma, starkers with blood on his privates. I still have photos on my cellphone and they will be able to testify to this. I was furious!!His feet were ice cold and every visitor there saw this. When I reprimanded them, they gave me major attitude until I demanded to see his surgeon who did arrive an apologised on their behalf. In fact I am still angry when I think of this. Not even to talk about the numerous cockroach families running up against the wall behind the bed, of which I also have photos. The press is welcome to contact me!

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-08-07 10:25

      Allen, you have my deepest sympathy. These moron s will forever vote for the anc and they will keep believing that things will change for the better for them. When the country collapses, they will all jump ship because their stolen riches are tucked away safely in some Swiss banking account. they must wake up and smell the roses, but why waste my breath?

  • Bokrichard - 2012-08-03 17:47

    Even if these people are treated worse than animals, they will again vote for the promises of the party. And then they will not understand why they are treated so badly.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-04 10:48

    Ooo yes!Gone are the days,When hospitals were places of hospitality,care,sympathy and love.

  • Colianos - 2012-08-05 13:57

    Gr8 words "Strongly condemn and Will investigate and Heads will roll" and then what? as usual NOTHING.when is this kind of crap going to be stopped in this Country? does one hear of such incidents overseas? one word.... DISGUSTING. would those responsible like to see THEIR relatives in such a state? I think not?

  • sesom - 2012-08-07 09:27

    What do expect from an ANC Gov. Hospital..

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-08-07 09:57

    I hope the people who show such little compassion for the sick and who "appear" to be healthy today realise that "what goes around, comes around". they will get their turn. Shame, shame, shame.

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-08-07 10:10

    Nursing today, in most cases, is just a job. Only the slightly older nurse will still have compassion and do their job. Have a look around when you are in a Government run hospital and see who really does the work. The shirkers will run in the opposite direction when something needs to be done.

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