Nurses trade union holds Department of Health responsible for alleged negligence of baby leading to amputation

From: Mpumalanga News, 14 April 2021

The Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union (YNITU) encouraged the parents of the infant whose arm had to be amputated due to alleged negligence to sue the Mpumalanga Department of Health. The union alleged there was only one professional registered nurse and two junior nurses working with a junior doctor at the casualty ward on the day the little boy was admitted at the hospital. The union’s president, Lerato Mthunzi, said, “The staffing situation at the neonatal ward where the baby was transferred to following admission was also bad. The junior staff members supposed to work under supervision are thrown in the deep end, while being forced to work alone in crowded wards. “

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