Durban - While nurses and student nurses live in appalling conditions at the Addington Hospital nurses’ residence, student doctors returning from Cuba are in line for “special treatment”, with three of the home’s 15 floors being renovated and reserved for them.
Mandla Shabangu, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) provincial secretary, said: “What makes these doctors more special than the rest of the staff? Our members have been exposed to these appalling conditions for some time. They have no hot water, taps are broken, toilets are blocked and lifts are broken… (They are) living in squalor,” Shabangu said.
He said the lack of security was another concern, with a nurse being shot and killed in her room last year.
“These nurses pay R950 per month for a single room and R450 per person sharing. The rooms are small and they cook in the same room. When we raised the issue of living conditions in these facilities around the province, the department had said it had no budget for renovations. They said the money for the renovations at Addington was from the UKZN School of Medicine,” he said.
It is not clear how much was made available for the renovations.