SAMA: Rising attacks on healthcare workers a concern

The South African Medical Association is concerned at the frequency of assaults on healthcare practitioners at public institutions.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Medical Association has described the frequency of assaults on healthcare practitioners at public institutions as a crisis. 

It says action must be taken to address the issue immediately.

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"We have been telling the Department of Health all along that safety and security is very minimal and poor in the public sector. CCTV is not working...metal detectors are not there...sometimes babies are missing, anybody can walk in and out.", said Akhtar Hussain, from the South African Medical Association.

In the latest incident, a patient at the Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein attempted to rape a junior doctor.

Following that the University of the Free State suspended the training of its medical students, amid safety concerns.

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"This has been happening for more than 20 years...doctors are living in fear..their health and safety is not protected. Every health worker in the public sector is not in a good condition.", he concluded.

 

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