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denosa thumb medium60 92Timeslive reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) in North West has described the crippling effects of maladministration in the North West province.  

Among the problems nurses were encountering according to the union were decomposing bodies, electricity blackouts and water shortages.  "The situation has reached a point of no return for nurses who have been abused‚ exploited‚ neglected and deserted.  The poor working conditions have seriously rendered the profession sub- standard service due to system failures aggravated by the corrupt government officials in the province‚" the union said in a statement.  It asserted that patients shared beds because of congestion; the nutritional needs of patients were not being met; there was no water in some of the sub districts‚ which affected maternity patients severely; there was a lack of medication supplies for chronic patients; and backup generators were non-functional when electricity went off.  Smelling mortuaries with bodies of more than 150 days in some district hospitals has become the norm.  Denosa said nurses had had enough and were no longer willing to tolerate such treatment.  It said it was exploring all legal options “to put a stop to this situation."

  • Read this report in full at Timeslive
  • Read too, SAHRC finds Tembisa hospital in critical condition, at SowetanLive

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