Nursing worse in public hospitals
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.