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Prince Mshiyeni, dubbed KZN's worst hospital, is in the firing line again

By unknown | Nov 24, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Umlazi's Prince Mshiyeni's Hospital has come under fire again for poor service delivery.

A mother whose newborn baby's finger was "bitten off by a cockroach" is upset because she said she had been treated like a "criminal" by staff at Prince Mshiyeni.

Makhosi Gumede gave birth last month and part of her baby's finger is missing. She said she still doesn't know what happened to the finger because she has had no official response to her queries.

She said that when she was called to a meeting staff made fun of her and a senior official told her to "consider your child lucky, there are children who are worse off".

In October KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC, Peggy Nkonyeni, came under fire at an imbizo in Umlazi where residents complained about poor service delivery at the hospital. They said hospital staff were "disrespectful" and "neglected" their patients. The residents said it was the worst hospital in the province.

Earlier this year Sowetan published an article in which a resident from Umlazi said nurses told her to change the linen on her sick mother's bed while they watched television. She said the nurses ignored her mother who was in "great pain".

In another incident, Thembeka Kubheka said she was neglected when she arrived to give birth. She said the nurses made her wait for four hours while she was in labour.

Gumede said she found out that her baby's finger went missing after she was put on a drip. She said she has been waiting for more than a month for an official response from the department.

Yesterday Nkonyeni's spokesman, Desmond Motha, said the matter was being viewed very seriously.

"We are currently engaged in talks with senior staff at the hospital following our investigation into the complaints.

"When the MEC was briefed about the incident we set up a committee to investigate the complaints. We are still waiting for a response from the people concerned," Motha said.


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