Patients’ Lives At Mercy of Abusive Nurses in Osindisweni Hospital

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal demands a full enquiry after a 19-year-old woman suffered a broken leg and arm after allegedly being assaulted by nurses and security staff at Osindisweni hospital at Verulam, north of Durban.

“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. They have damaged the future of this young woman as she missed her exams. We demand that they must compensate her in a form of financial assistance as it is now impossible for her to work for the rest of her life with one leg. Apology is not enough and it will not change the situation; only firm action against those involved will bring closure to the affected family,” said IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana.

“The family trust and expect there will be a full, thorough and independent investigation into this matter. The ongoing crisis at Osindisweni Hospital is a major concern for us. If people don’t want to do their jobs, they must leave the profession. Nurses are supposed to take care of patients, not to abuse them. The attitude of some of the nurses seems to be a big problem,” concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.

Issued by:
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL, IFP Spokesperson on Health, 084 736 5183 / 078 302 3991

For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675