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Free State nurses arrested for running illegal clinic

Three nurses arrested after being found in possession of stolen medicines and equipment, while also operating an illegal clinic in Harrismith, had embarrassed the Free State Health Department, said its head, Godfrey Mahlatsi.

Free State Provincial Commissioner Lt-Gen Baile Motswenyane said the trio’s arrest followed information about the illegal clinic operating in the Harrismith CBD with medication that belonged to the state.

“An operation was conducted with Phuthaditjhaba Highway Patrol and Phuthaditjhaba K9 Unit, leading to the arrest of three nurses and the seizure of medication, pills and an examination stretcher. They have been running the clinic without a licence and with no authorisation from the Health Department,” Motswenyane said.

They are due to appear in court on 2 November, reports News24.

Mahlatsi said the actions of the three arrested nurses was embarrassing and had lowered the dignity of healthcare workers because now “people would think that healthcare workers were thieves when it was not everyone but a few in the service”.

“The department will ensure that both internal and external disciplinary procedures were meted out,” he added.

 

News24 article – Free State nurses caught in possession of stolen medicine (Restricted access)

 

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