Eastern Cape hospital probes ‘abusive’ doctor

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Traumatised patients at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in the Eastern Cape have complained of appalling services in a gynaecology ward after a doctor allegedly shoved a patient and told her she “would not make it” back from theatre. The woman died a few hours later.

The Daily Dispatch reports that the allegations of abuse and poor medical services against the doctor, were made after she allegedly shoved the patient due to go to theatre. The patient cannot be named as some of her family members have not been informed of the death. The hospital’s CEO, Dr Mthandeki Xamlashe, confirmed an investigation was under way concerning the allegations against the said doctor. The report says patient Phumla Nongwe was among those who reported the doctor to authorities. She was admitted on 5 June and had surgery on 8 June. A few days after the operation, her stitches burst open. Nongwe now lies in hospital with a large, open wound.

A delegation from provincial health has been sent to investigate the matter at CMH. Health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said if an investigation found the allegations were true, action would be taken against the doctor. “She still works for the department. We can’t fire people simply because there are allegations levelled against them. There are processes that need to be followed and we must allow the processes to unfold,” Kupelo said.

Full Daily Dispatch report

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