Crisis at Northdale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg as patients forced to sleep on the floor

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Patients admitted to Northdale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg are allegedly being forced to receive medical treatment in unconventional spaces, as there are no beds available.
Patients admitted to Northdale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg are allegedly being forced to receive medical treatment in unconventional spaces, as there are no beds available.
Nash Narrandes

An alarming shortage of beds at Northdale Hospital has seen patients sleeping and receiving medical treatment while on benches, in wheelchairs and on the floor.

A city resident, whose uncle was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday morning and asked not be named, said what she witnessed at the hospital was shocking and dehumanising.

She told The Witness that her uncle (52) had a stroke, and when they got to the hospital he was given a wheelchair to sit in and told to join the queue for bed allocation.

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