Staff banned from interacting with patients after woman tied up

Staff banned from interacting with patients after woman tied up

The Health Department has banned staff involved in tying a woman to a chair at Gauteng's Mamelodi Hospital from any interaction with patients.

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Briefly.co.za reported that horrific photos were posted on social media on Wednesday which showed a gogo tied to a chair with her hand behind her back in the hospital. The instruction to cease staff-patient interaction follows an initial investigation on Thursday into the incident the department described as "brutal".

Newly-elected Minister of Health, Dr. Zweli Mhize released a statement condemning the incident.

"At face value, it appears that the patient was ill-treated and the standard operating procedure was not followed to the letter."

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Earlier, Gauteng Health Department spokesperson, Lesemang Matuka, said the department was made aware of the incident yesterday.

A post on social media stated that hospital staff had allegedly tied her to the chair. She was allegedly forced to lie on the cold floor since Tuesday night.

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MEC of Health in Gauteng, Dr Bandile Masuku, has visited the hospital to demand answers and also to show support to the patients.

A full investigation is to be carried out. The ministry said sub-standard care would not be tolerated.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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