Healthcare workers decry poor security at hospitals

The South African Medical Association has raised concern over what it says is the rising attack on healthcare workers.

The board says it has received reports of attempted rape and rape incidents, as well as a recent attack on doctors by a patient who fired shots in a Witbank hospital, demanding to be seen first.

Board member Edward Ngwenya says nothing seems to be changing.

There is a huge, severe, national problem in terms of security in our hospitals and this has put healthcare providers at risk and by extension, the patients are the ones who suffer.

Dr Edward Ngwenya, Board member - South African Medical Association

There is never any consequences, you hear of these situations but where have you heard that management has been taken to task?

Dr Edward Ngwenya, Board member - South African Medical Association

He says while there are varying factors involved, security guards are often untrained.

It is a multifactorial problem, security, cameras... I would go further to say the hospitals do not provide adequate security for working staff.

Dr Edward Ngwenya, Board member - South African Medical Association

Ngwenya says they have been in contact with the health ministry and Presidency to address the issue.

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