01 February 2013
Bad staff attitudes, waiting for long hours
for help and giving wrong medication to patients are some of the
complaints to come out of Khayelitsha Hospital.
IFP Spokesperson on Health, Ms Hilda Msweli,
MP said, "Patients have complained on numerous occasions about
how rude nurses are and not seem to care about their patients.
The issuing of the wrong medication to patients needs to be
addressed urgently as this puts their lives at risk."
A patient diagnosed with kidney failure had
recently been discharged from the hospital with wrong medication
to treat her illness and this may have contributed to her
"We call upon the MEC for Health in the
Western Cape, Mr Theuns Botha, to urgently investigate this
matter and to ensure that patients' complaints are addressed
quickly and disciplinary action is taken against those
implicated," said Msweli.
The IFP also calls on the Minister of Health
to implement a process of having a database with the details of
all the nurses and doctors who have been associated with patient
abuse complaints, and to even consider barring those involved in
extreme cases from the health profession.
Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Health, Hon Mrs
Hilda Msweli MP, 072 513 1833
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675