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‘Don’t run to the media, come directly to me’

Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu says patients should alert authorities when nurses treat them badly.

FILE: Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu has questioned why women, complaining about misconduct by nurses at the Rahima Moosa mother and child hospital, run to the media.

She says they should go to her office instead.

On Monday, Eyewitness News revealed how a woman was allegedly ignored by nurses at the facility, and her premature baby died.

Since then a number of women have come forward with similar complaints.

MEC Mahlangu said patients must not "piggy back" on one woman's experience at the hospital as they should have alerted authorities directly when they were treated badly by nurses.

"If people want us to deal genuinely with their concerns, I am more than available 24/7 to deal with those issues but we must cooperate and work with one another. You cannot piggy back on someone's issues because 'mine were not dealt with last year; mine were not dealt with the other year'".

She has also questioned why some women take up to six years before reporting their experiences, as it's difficult to investigate old cases.

The three nurses, who are now facing a disciplinary hearing for allegedly refusing to help the mother with her premature baby, are still at work.

Earlier today, a woman described to EWN how she was allegedly the victim of shocking treatment by nurses, at the hospital, who she claims humiliated her and forced her to lie on a filthy floor.

Sherezel Karrim says that despite being identified as an emergency patient, she was forced to wait for eight hours without any medical help while nurses watched TV and gossiped about their jobs.

WATCH: WOMAN OPENS UP ABOUT HER SUFFERING AT RAHIMA MOOSA HOSPITAL