Patient Commits Suicide at KZN Psychiatric Hospital

The Democratic Alliance(DA) on Wednesday called on KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo to take "immediate action" to resolve nursing and security shortages at the province’s psychiatric hospitals after an unattended patient allegedly stabbed himself to death.

DA KZN Health spokesperson Dr Iman Keeka said the Townhill patient was meant to be on suicide watch and due to the lack of nurses and security, he was left on his own when he stabbed himself in the chest and slit his throat.

"According to the DA’s source at the Pietermaritzburg-based hospital, the incident took place almost 10 days ago after an under-qualified nurse was left in charge of the ward overnight without any nursing staff support or security presence," Dr Keeka said.

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