Stabbing at Baragwanath hospital
FIVE patients and doctor were stabbed with scissors at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Diepkloof, Soweto, on Saturday night after a patient apparently went into a rage.
According to Johanna More, CEO of the hospital, the patient, who was in one of the medical wards in the hospital, stole a pair of scissors from a medical tray and hid it.
He later became aggressive and stabbed the patients and the intern who was on duty.
The patient was taken to the Baragwanath’s psychiatric ward for evaluation and observation.
More said none of the stabbed patients were seriously injured.
However the intern was admitted to another hospital. More refused to divulge any details of any of the patients, including the scope of their injuries.
She also declined to give detail on the intern’s injuries.
“The experience of being attacked while on duty was worse than the injuries themselves. That is why we moved the intern to one of the hospitals we work with to recuperate,” she said.
Jack Bloom, the DA Gauteng’s spokesman on health, said it is unbelievable that something like this could happen.
“We spend over R20 million on security a year at the hospital, what are they doing with that money,” he said.
“This is not the first time something like this has happened. There have been other incidences, like a rape some years ago and theft. So really an inquiry should be done” he said.
In 2007, a medical student was raped at the hospital.
The student, who was working in the gynaecology unit was raped while on her way to fetch blood samples for a doctor.
Bloom said security at the hospital includes guards who are at the entrances and patrol the hospital, security cameras with a control room, as well as access control, said Bloom.
The relatives of the affected patients have been called to inform them on what has happened.
An investigation by the hospital to find out exactly what happened will be conducted from Monday.