Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Photo: Simphiwe Mbokazi

A nurse was hit, allegedly by a man whose mother died at Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital early on Thursday morning, the Gauteng health department said.

The nurse had called family members into a room to inform them of their mother's death, when woman's son punched the nurse, blaming her for the death, spokesman Simon Zwane said in a statement.

Gauteng health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe condemned the assault and said it would not be tolerated.

“This incident has generated fear among the staff at the hospital. Health professionals should be protected by society as they are vital in the delivery of quality health care,” she was quoted saying in the statement.

The hospital opened a case with the police. The nurse was receiving psychological support. -