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Patients Left Unattended At East Nurses Go-Slow Strike (Video)


Nurses at Stanza Bopape Community Health Clinic in Mamelodi were “back” at work yesterday after embarking on a go-slow strike earlier the week.

Nursing staff went on strike on Monday, following an incident the previous week in which a patient allegedly assaulted a nurse at the clinic.

The clinic was operating normally again on Thursday, according to clinic spokesperson Sydney Mathlo.

“The matter had been resolved,” he told Rekord.

This is after a meeting between staff and clinic management on Wednesday afternoon.

Another spokesperson for the clinic, Lesemang Matuka, told Rekord that the clinic’s management had advised the nurse in question to open a case of assault against the patient.

The strike had left many patients in the far east of Mamelodi stranded with nowhere to go.

VIDEO:

Goodness Mbatha, of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), advised patients to go to the nearest regional hospital.

The go-slow action, however, highlighted several problems at the clinic.

Mbatha said the clinic was battling to cope with patient numbers even before the protest.

The “clinic had no contingency plan to deal with such a crisis” she said.

Nurses and staff at the clinic were also unhappy with the manager at the clinic over the past two years or so, she said.

“We tried to intervene and even held several meetings with the clinic management,” said Mbatha.

 

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