Nurses suspended after turning away a pregnant woman going into labour

Nurses suspended after turning away a pregnant woman going into labour

- Two nurses at a clinic in KwaZulu-Natal turned away a woman going into labour

- The lady then had to give birth in the taxi that drove her to get medical care

- The nurses were swiftly suspended from their posts

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A woman was rushed to hospital in a taxi minibus when she started going into labour, only to be turned away in her hour of need.

The woman was taken to Buxedene Clinic near Nongoma but was forced to give birth to her son in the taxi. The taxi driver, Nhlonipho Zulu, assisted the mother. gathered that the nurses not only refused to help the woman but also didn't want to call an ambulance and were quite rude.

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The two nurses in question were then suspended from the clinic, as reported on by TimesLIVE.

Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, Health MEC, welcomed the suspension and swift action taken by the clinic.

"We welcome the decision by the department’s administration to suspend these nurses. This will enable the investigation to take place without hindrance.
"Without pronouncing on the innocence or guilt of the accused, we hope that this swift and decisive action will send a strong message. We want all health care professionals who are planning to mistreat patients to be clear that they will not get away with it."

Simelane-Zulu added that all patients have rights that must be taken into consideration and respected.

“Patients, just like health care workers, have rights which must be protected, respected and upheld at all times. If you misbehave, there will be consequences."

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