Doc­tor ac­cused of re­fus­ing to treat pa­tient

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

NGWELEZANA Hos­pi­tal has un­der­taken to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions that one of its doc­tors re­fused to treat a pa­tient by de­mand­ing a re­fer­ral let­ter from a lo­cal clinic.

It is al­leged that on Sun­day night re­tired KwaMsane judge, David Nt­shangase, rushed one of his em­ploy­ees to Ngwelezana Hos­pi­tal, but was dis­ap­pointed when the doc­tor re­fused to treat the pa­tient.

‘Be­fore we went to the hos­pi­tal, we started at KwaMsane clinic, where we were told to rush her to Ngwelezana,’ said Nt­shangase.

‘Un­for­tu­nately, they did not give us a re­fer­ral let­ter. When we got to Ngwelezana, the pa­tient acted strangely, as if she was los­ing her mind.

‘The doc­tor twice re­fused to treat her be­cause we had no re­fer­ral let­ter. I was so em­bar­rassed.

‘I had no choice but to wait un­til Mon­day morn­ing. I feared that tak­ing her back to KwaMsane clinic would be risky and that she could have died on the way.

‘We had to wait for nine hours to get med­i­cal as­sis­tance. She was even­tu­ally treated on Mon­day about 7am by a day shift doc­tor.’

King Cetshwayo As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Si­bongiseni Man­qele, said Ngwelezana was a ter­tiary hos­pi­tal re­spond­ing to re­fer­rals from first level med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties. A pa­tient’s con­di­tion is as­sessed on ar­rival and treated ac­cord­ingly.

‘Mr Nt­shangase’s in­ci­dent is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the hos­pi­tal has con­tacted him to gather more facts on the mat­ter,’ he said.

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