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Probe into attack at Baragwanath under way.

The Gauteng Department of Health has launched an investigation into an attack on a doctor and several patients at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Johannesburg last month. According to reports, a psychotic patient was in one of the medical wards when he stole a pair of scissors from a medical tray and hid it. He later became aggressive and started stabbing patients and the doctors on duty. The patient was restrained by hospital security personnel and taken to Baragwanath's psychiatric ward for evaluation and observation. The stabbed patients suffered minor lacerations and were stitched up while the doctor was believed to be admitted to another hospital. A debriefing was initiated to the doctor and patients.

Gauteng Health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe has expressed sympathy with the doctor and patients who sustained injuries and said that everything possible would be done to investigate the incident and measures put in place to ensure that it was not repeated. She described the incident as 'unfortunate' and assured hospital users that security at the hospital was adequate. 'The department together with hospital management will however consider the outcome of the investigation and tighten security measures if needed,' she added.
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Title Annotation:South Africa
Publication:CME: Your SA Journal of CPD
Date:Jul 1, 2012
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