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SA hospitals need security upgrades

The SA Medical Doctors Association says hospitals need better security following incidents od violence.

The Gauteng Health Department. Picture: Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Medical Association (Sama) on Saturday expressed its concerns about security at state health facilities following a series of incidents.

A Durban man was shot dead by an unknown person at the King Edward Hospital on Thursday.

Last month an Eastern Cape nurse was shot dead by a man who later turned the gun on himself.

In Limpopo two nurses were shot and wounded when an armed man opened fire at a clinic before fleeing with a staff member's car and several cell phones.

Sama's Phophi Ramathuba said government needs to prioritise security at public health facilities.

"You'll hear of shocking stories happening in our hospitals where nurses and doctors are shot at or gunned down or even being raped while they are at work."