Nurs­ing worse in pub­lic hos­pi­tals

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Sid­well Tshingi­lane Rockville, Soweto

THERE is a de­plorable level of ser­vice in pub­lic hos­pi­tals. Some of the nurses don’t even smile and show that their duty is to care.

They in­sult black pa­tients, treat them with no re­spect, dis­close their health sta­tus in pub­lic and leave peo­ple unat­tended. Does a per­son’s skin colour de­ter­mine the level of ser­vice?

And you see the same nurses smil­ing while work­ing part-time in pri­vate hos­pi­tals. They get more money there, but it’s still tax­pay­ers who are pay­ing their salaries.

Those nurses who give black pa­tients bad ser­vice bring the pro­fes­sion into dis­re­pute. They don’t share the val­ues of Florence Nightin­gale. They don’t have the heart to serve the peo­ple who need them most.

The gov­ern­ment must build more hos­pi­tals to re­duce queues at Chris Hani Barag­wanath and Char­lotte Max­eke Joburg Aca­demic hos­pi­tals. It is wrong to wake up at 3am and wait seven hours for a doc­tor.

Maybe the health min­is­ter should stop gov­ern­ment-em­ployed nurses from also work­ing in pri­vate hos­pi­tals.

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