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healthcareSowetanLive reports that frustrations over a shortage of stretchers and an overflowing resuscitation room put the lives of staff at a Gauteng hospital at risk.  

Health workers at Leratong Hospital on the West Rand were on the receiving end of two violent attacks at the weekend, one of which left a security guard with stab wounds.  The attack was one of a string of violent incidents that have hit various health facilities in the province this year.  Popi Molebatsi, the matron in charge of Leratong Hospital's trauma and emergency unit, observed that the casualty ward was too small to accommodate the large influx of people in the area.  As a result on Sunday, Molebatsi said, staff in the casualty ward were attacked by a group of people who had brought in a man who had been shot in the abdomen.  The patient's escorts apparently demanded that he be attended to urgently and were not pleased that he was not placed on a stretcher.  Molebatsi said two security guards at the hospital were injured after a group of about six people accompanying the patient refused to vacate the resuscitation area while medical staff were assisting the man.  According to Molebatsi, the casualty ward was overwhelmed with 11 workers per shift having to assist an estimated 5,000 people per month.

  • Read the full original report by ZoĆ« Mahopo at SowetanLive

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