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Director warns nurses of bias

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

NURSES have been warned against being biased in the delivery of services to patients.

The warning follows concerns raised by members of the public about patients not being treated equally in hospitals.

In an interview, nursing director Silina Waqa-Ledua said nurses had taken an oath to treat everyone equally, irrespective of their status, religion or ethnicity.

Mrs Waqa-Ledua said for nurses to be biased was unethical.

"The message is very clear; they are not allowed to entertain any bias in terms of the delivery of their services and the administration of nursing practices," she said.

"Bias is regarded as unethical and an unprofessional act."

Mrs Waqa-Ledua said nurses found to be biased would face disciplinary action.

She said members of the public had the right to lodge complaints concerning unethical behaviour.

"They should bring the complaint to us, that is their democratic right. There are channels to be followed while lodging complaints.

"They can go to the divisional medical officer and they will be assisted."

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