IFP: What Happened to a Nurse Accused of Abusing a Patient at St Mary’s Hospital?

The Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu-Natal demands that the KZN MEC of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo must tell the public about the whereabouts of a nurse who was accused of abusing a bed-ridden patient at St. Mary’s Hospital in Mariannhill, outside Pinetown.

“Ever since we have not heard any thing about this matter. The MEC promised to investigate this matter and therefore, he must tell us whether the nurse has been suspended or any action has been taken against her. We want this nurse to be fired once and for all.

We cannot tolerate such behaviour in our hospitals. We demand that the MEC must make sure that this case is investigated thoroughly and anyone found to be guilty must be prosecuted and fired. A slew of double standards protects nurses’ jobs but makes patients vulnerable. It is important for nurses to have positive attitudes towards patient care if good quality care is to be provided.

Poor attitudes of some nurses, can severely undermine the ability of the healthcare system to provide quality care and improve outcomes for patients,” said IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL.

“Nurses have taken an oath and if they do not live by that code then they must be exposed and stern action must be taken against them. We are praying that the attitude of the country’s nurses will change for the better. We encourage nurses to embrace their work with pride and professional excellence. Nurses should have an attitude that displays compassion and commitment,” concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.

Issued by:
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Health
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