31 January 2001
Alleged Assault of Patient by Nurses
The South African Nursing Council is deeply concerned about the alleged assault of Mrs Dlamini by two nurses at the Tambo Memorial Hospital (The Sowetan: 31 January 2001). The SANC finds such behavior unacceptable and the alleged action brings the nursing profession into disrepute. In accordance with the Nursing Act No 50 of 1978 (as amended), assault of a patient is considered to be professional misconduct. The South African Nursing Council will conduct an urgent investigation and disciplinary action will be instituted against the individual nurses found to have committed the offences reported.
The Council would also like to assure the public that it would not tolerate any acts that violate the rights of patients. All complaints of misconduct will be investigated and any act of misconduct and/or disgraceful conduct will be dealt with in accordance with the Nursing Act.
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