Horror of healthcare bungling

If you are one of those people who need a tranquilliser and counselling before visiting the doctor, you may sweat a bit when you hear this: The Citizen reported that an elderly woman who was being treated for “respiratory infection at a Mediclinic in Kimberly underwent heart surgery after being mistaken for another patient”.

This unfortunate incident could have cost the woman her life – but is it enough that “… the hospital apologised for the confusion … and the anaesthetist did not charge for the operation”?

This situation makes one ponder the various misfortunes one can encounter when visiting a doctor or a hospital.

We often hear that people who have to get treatment at public hospitals have much more to worry about, aside from being sick. The treatment from the hospital staff, bedding and general wellbeing may be compromised at a public hospital.

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