A mentally disturbed patient was found with burns after being locked alone in a ward in the Wentworth Hospital in Durban, said the IVP.
Ncamisile Nkwanyana, the IVP’s health spokeswoman in KwaZulu-Natal, said urgent action should be taken against medical staff who neglect mental-disturbed patients in health care institutions.
“The neglect of such patients is a serious concern. Misconduct, incompetence and negligence do not belong in our healthcare system and there must be drastic action against anyone convicted of it. ”
Nkwanyana believes the nurses concerned should be suspended and their actions are being investigated, and if found guilty, they must be fired because “a lack of empathy may not be tolerated in our healthcare system”.
She says the IFP is concerned about the absence of professionalism in health care institutions and observes a collapse of the professional healthcare sector, especially in public institutions.
The IFP considers it important to strengthen the fight against patient negligence and call on nurses to perform their duties properly.
“Managers must be trained in mental health management, care and treatment to ensure that mental health care is considered an essential part of health care,” said Nkwanyana.
Ncumisa Mafunda, spokesperson for the provincial health department, said the patient received medical treatment.
Further details on how the patient sustained the burns or how long and why he was locked alone is not known.
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