Paramedics who refused to help a KZN patient to be investigated

Paramedics who refused to help a KZN patient to be investigated

The Emergency Care Professional Council has broken its silence and condemned the conduct of KwaZulu-Natal paramedics who allegedly refused to help a patient in Durban in distress.

The body, which is affiliated with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), said it was concerned about the paramedics.

TimesLIVE previously reported that paramedics refused to walk up a ladder to reach the patient. t They allegedly told the family to bring the patient to them and then left because it was taking too long.

Since then, the two have been placed under immediate preventative suspension by the provincial health department to allow an investigation to proceed without interference.

Almost two weeks since the incident, the professional council said, as the regulatory body, the HPCSA is mandated to ensure that practitioners registered with the council provide effective services to members of the public in a humane and ethical manner.

TimesLIVE Premium reported on Wednesday that the family of a Durban woman has asked the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate.

Thembika Sikusana, the woman who was allegedly abandoned by paramedics after she had breathing problems, died at Prince Meshini Hospital in Umlazi on Thursday, two weeks after the staircase accident.

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