At­tacks on medics: ap­peal to MEC

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THE HEALTH and Other Ser­vice Per­son­nel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) yes­ter­day said it wants the gov­ern­ment to pay for the treat­ment of am­bu­lance staff who have sur­vived at­tacks on them while re­spond­ing to calls. Hospersa, which has writ­ten a let­ter to Western Cape Health MEC No­mafrench Mbombo on the mat­ter, says more than 50 of its mem­bers are re­ceiv­ing post-trau­matic stress treat­ment as a re­sult of such at­tacks. The union said there were more than 100 cases re­ported in 2016, and that the fre­quency of at­tacks seemed to be ris­ing. “The most re­cent at­tacks took place dur­ing the fes­tive season, when a to­tal of seven in­ci­dents were re­ported. Th­ese at­tacks in­cluded cases of armed rob­bery, ston­ing of emer­gency ser­vices ve­hi­cles and the man­han­dling of staff over their per­sonal be­long­ings,” Hospersa said in a state­ment. The union said af­fected em­ploy­ees were ex­pected to pay for their treat­ment be­cause such cases were not cov­ered by the the Com­pen­sa­tion for Oc­cu­pa­tional In­juries and Dis­ease Act. “We want the MEC to in­ter­vene in eas­ing the fi­nan­cial bur­den on the af­fected mem­bers. And we want the em­ployer to take an ac­tive role in en­sur­ing af­fected mem­bers re­ceive the nec­es­sary sup­port,” said Hospersa. – ANA

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