Mduduzi Mtakati
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19 Feb 2016
12:48 pm

Call for action against callous nurses

Mduduzi Mtakati

Nurses were reportedly eating chips and sipping cold drinks while a patient was reportedly bleeding to death.

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There should be professional consequences for the nurses accused of eating chips and sipping cold drinks while a patient was reportedly bleeding to death in Gauteng’s Tembisa Hospital, personal injury and medical law expert Ronald Bobroff said.

The deceased, Gladys Malape, an ANC chairperson in Ward 2 at the Winnie Mandela informal settlement near Tembisa, was reportedly shot in the neck at her home on Sunday afternoon.

Her family said they waited in a queue at the hospital for about 20 minutes to see the only doctor in the emergency room. They also alleged the nurses on duty ate chips and sipped cool drinks while their relative bled to death.

“The department of health is liable for the above claims as the employer of the allegedly callous and negligent nurses, and also in respect of the state’s failure to adequately resource and supply the hospital with sufficient trauma doctors to cater for the community’s needs,” Bobroff told The Citizen yesterday.

Gauteng health department spokesperson Steve Mabona confirmed the incident, saying internal investigations were underway.

– Caxton News Service