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DENOSA KZN to march to the Premier’s office over poor safety in health facilities 

Media statement 

Monday, 04 June 2018 

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in KwaZulu-Natal will be marching to the Premier’s office to demand improvement in security in the province’s health facilities following the failure to address the matter by the MEC in the province. 

DENOSA had marched previously to the MEC’s office demanding that security be beefed up in health facilities, but up until today there has been not been any improvement. 

On Friday a patient was stabbed inside a ward by a visitor. Last week, a nurse was assaulted by a patient in the workplace. “Safety of workers in this province is not attended to. Government leaders are not playing their part in educating communities about stopping these attacks on health workers,” says DENOSA Provincial Secretary, Mandla Shabangu. 

“We have situations where normal medical patients are mixed with psychiatric patients who are under 72-hour observations in this province. Patients stay without being diagnosed as psychiatric patients for more than 72 hours, which is a risk to nurses and other patients.”

Recently, a patient was attacked by a psychiatric patient and later died. Everyone is not safe under the current leadership in the department of health in the province. 

As a last resort, DENOSA is planning a nurses’ march to the Premier’s office to highlight the plight of lack of safety in our facilities and consequences of not acting on this by government. We are doing this so that the Premier could intervene before many more patients and health workers could die in health facilities.  

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Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in KwaZulu-Natal 

For more information and comment, contact: 

Mandla Shabangu, Provincial Organiser 

Mobile: 071 643 3369

Tel: 031 305 1417