Nurses eat and drink while woman bleeds to death

THE poor service at Tembisa Hospital was highlighted again when a woman reportedly bled to death on Sunday afternoon.

“This incident, as well as another recent one, highlight the continuing poor service at the hospital that needs the urgent intervention by Gauteng Health Department,” said Jack Bloom, MPL DA Gauteng shadow MEC for health in a statement issued on Wednesday.

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In the latest reported incident a family claims nurses at the hospital ate chips and sipped cool drinks while a patient bled to death from a gunshot wound to the neck.

Gladys Malape, the ANC chairperson in ward 2 in the Winnie Mandela informal settlement, was shot at her home on Sunday afternoon. Her family say they waited in the queue for about 20 minutes for the only doctor in the hospital’s emergency room,” Bloom said.

According to her nephew, Nhlanhla Malape, she still had a pulse when they arrived and would have survived if she had received urgent treatment, Bloom said.

In another incident this month, a woman had to spend another week in hospital after suffering a serious infection from spending days with a dead foetus inside her womb.

“These shocking incidents show that poor treatment continues at this hospital despite the removal of the CEO last year. The Gauteng Health Department should ensure that errant staff are disciplined and decent management put in place so that patients are always well-treated,” Bloom said.

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