Allegations of ill-treatment of nurses emerge
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