Al­le­ga­tions of ill-treat­ment of nurses emerge

The New Age (Free State) - - NORTHERN CAPE NEWS -

AL­LE­GA­TIONS of ill- treat­ment of nurses across health fa­cil­i­ties in the province have emerged.

Nurs­ing union, the Demo­cratic Nurs­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion of South Africa (Denosa), said nurses were work­ing un­der danger­ous and poor con­di­tions, with some even op­er­at­ing out­side their scope of prac­tice.

About 4 000 nurses have been reg­is­tered in the province, with more than 2 000 di­rectly em­ployed by the depart­ment of health.

Re­cently, two nurses were at­tacked by psy­chi­atric pa­tients and are now call­ing for the depart­ment to in­ter­vene.

Denosa deputy chair­per­son Gil­bert Sak said a short­age of staff, a lack of sur­gi­cal sup­ply, over­time not be­ing paid and some clin­ics not hav­ing ad­e­quate se­cu­rity are among the con­cerns.

“The depart­ment has ex­ploited our mem­bers, we as Denosa can­not al­low this sit­u­a­tion to con­tinue,” Sak said.

The depart­ment of health ad­mit­ted there might have been an over­sight on its part but steps have been taken to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion.

Depart­ment spokesper­son Le­bo­gang Ma­jaha said the strat­egy that the MEC would be pre­sent­ing would cover all these as­pects in re­la­tion to the safety and se­cu­rity and also what mea­sures it would be em­ploy­ing as a depart­ment to en­sure the strict­ness and the safety of their pa­tients with re­gard to the nurses in this case.

“I can tell you that we have made strides in try­ing to turn the sit­u­a­tion around of those is­sues that were raised of in­di­vid­ual cases around the fa­cil­i­ties,” Ma­jaha said. – SABC

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