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* News / Chinese, S.Korean nursing experts win Thailand's Princess Srinagarindra Award by katty: December 12, 2017, 07:50:51 AM
Thailand's Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on Monday presented Princess Srinagarindra Award for the year 2016 and 2017 respectively to a Chinese and a South Korean nursing expert here at the Grand Palace.

Princess Sirindhorn said the leadership of the Chinese awardee, 58-year-old Wu Xinjuan and her dedication continuously improve the quality of nursing care in China, which is reflected in her outstanding work when the SARS outbroke in China in 2003, according to a pamphlet released to the media on Monday.

The princess also praised the South Korean awardee, 71-year-old Kim Euisook, for her success in the advancing nursing profession of South Korea to an international level and for her contribution to the improvement of health of mothers and children living in low socio-economic countries.

Both Wu and Kim are excellent models of nurses and midwives around the world to perform good deeds to benefit the health of humankind, the princess said.

During the SARS epidemic in China in 2003, Wu, director of the Nursing Department of Peking Union Medical College Hospital, led a team of nurses and took effective procedures to prevent the spread of the infection of SARS and implement efficacious nursing care for some 300 patients and there was no cross-infection among all nurses working with these patients, according to organizers, which they considered as Wu's most impressive, outstanding achievement.

Wu also shared her experience at that time at a press conference after the awarding ceremony.

"I will devote my whole life to nursing," Wu said, adding "All nurses and people working in the nursing are a family and I think China and Thailand should have more exchange in terms of nursing to contribute to the development of nursing around the globe."

Kim, according to organizers, is a distinguished pioneer in nursing education and research in South Korea.

Kim, during the press conference, emphasized the great need of nurses in many developing countries.

Princess Srinagarindra Award Foundation was established in 2000 in commemoration of Princess Srinagarindra Mahidol, mother of revered late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The foundation, with Princess Sirindhorn being its current president, is under royal patronage.

One Srinagarindra Award is conferred annually upon an individual or a group of registered nurses or midwives who have made a significant contribution within the nursing profession.
* News / Wisconsin Governor Signs Nurse Compact Licensure Law by katty: December 12, 2017, 07:10:46 AM
Governor Scott Walker is also making it easier for nurses to practice in other states.

He signed a bill into law in Platteville earlier Monday.

To practice in other states, nurses wouldn't need a separate license. The law enters Wisconsin into the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact.

"This allows our people to do good work," said Governor Walker, "Whether they are in Iowa or Wisconsin and hopefully in other states. And that's critically important not only to keep the talent we have but to attract more people into health care to help seniors with long term care, to help provide care in our hospitals and clinics, this is critically important."

There are 26 states that are part of the compact.

The new law is part of the governor's rural agenda by enabling nurses to work in multiple states and provide nursing services in rural areas with less access to optimum health care services.



Source: http://www.wsaw.com/content/news/New-bill-allows-nurses-to-practice-in-other-states-463528943.html
* News / Nurse named president of Johns Hopkins Health System by katty: December 12, 2017, 12:02:45 AM
Kevin W. Sowers, a distinguished clinician, educator, and academic health care leader, has been appointed president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, an $8 billion academic medical center and health system. He is the second person to hold this role.

Sowers joins Johns Hopkins Medicine after 32 years with the Duke University Health System, where for the last eight years he has served as president and CEO of Duke University Hospital.



The boards of trustees for Johns Hopkins Health System, Johns Hopkins University, and Johns Hopkins Medicine approved his appointment on Friday. Sowers will assume his new role on February 1, 2018.

Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, announced the appointment to faculty and staff today through an email and via a live-streamed news conference.

“Kevin is a visionary leader with a deep understanding of the role and responsibilities of academic and community health centers, as well as the challenges we face,” Rothman says. “With his experience leading a prestigious academic health center, his ability to forge strong collaborative relationships, and his demonstrated knack for thriving in complex environments, Kevin will be instrumental in advancing our mission and reinforcing our commitment to the communities we serve.”

Sowers’ predecessor, Ronald R. Peterson, announced in June of 2016 his plans to retire as president of Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine by the end of 2017. A search committee led by Rothman and David Hodgson, chair of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees, conducted an extensive national search.

As president of Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Sowers will help Rothman oversee a system of six hospitals in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Florida. Johns Hopkins Medicine also comprises several suburban health care and surgery centers; more than 40 outpatient primary health care sites; a full-service home care provider; managed care plans; and hospital management, consulting, and clinical education services around the world.

Together, the components of Johns Hopkins Medicine—the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Health System—employ more than 40,000 full-time faculty and staff.

At the news conference today, Rothman was joined by Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, who offered his enthusiastic endorsement for the appointment.

“Navigating an ever-changing health care landscape and caring for patients and communities in the 21st century demands a rare combination of strategic planning and the ability to expect—and respond to—the unexpected,” Daniels says. “Kevin has proven himself to be that rare leader, as he is someone who can see the future, then put in place the programs, practices, and partnerships necessary to get there.”

Sowers, who attended the news conference, spoke of the impressive teamwork he experienced at Duke.

“One of the things that brings me to Johns Hopkins is that same kind of teamwork, the kind that saves lives and changes the world,” Sowers says. “I wanted to come to another world-class organization to work with some of the brightest minds and biggest hearts. I am here today because that same spirit is so palpable at Johns Hopkins Medicine.”

Sowers also acknowledged predecessor Ron Peterson’s “unparalleled and extraordinary” impact on the health system and the Baltimore community. Peterson joined the news conference to offer his endorsement of his successor for these two roles.

“Based on Kevin’s track record of success in positions of increasing responsibility in health care administration, I am comforted to know my successor understands the role of the health care executive in a world-class, academically focused health care system,” Peterson says. “The combination of Kevin’s clinical background, business acumen, and sensitivity to the human condition within the context of an academic medical system bodes well for the future of Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins Medicine.”

At Duke, Sowers held several faculty positions, including adjunct professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Duke University Fuqua School of Business, and clinical associate at Duke University’s Graduate School of Nursing. He served as a consultant to the Sun Yat-sen Cancer Center in Taiwan, establishing a much-needed department of oncology nursing and educating nurses on oncology care.

Prior to assuming his current position at Duke University Hospital, Sowers held numerous senior leadership positions across the Duke University Health System, including chief operating officer for Duke University Hospital and interim CEO for Durham Regional Hospital. He also held a variety of senior administrative roles overseeing the consolidation of Duke’s clinical lab services, emergency and trauma services, and managed care and patient care services.

“I had the great fortune to witness the beauty, complexities, and challenges of health care delivery,” Sowers said. “Whatever my position was at any moment, I consistently saw in my colleagues dedication and compassion, and a commitment to better the lives of others through advancing science and caring for the human spirit.”

Sowers began his career with Duke University Medical Center Hospital in 1985 as a staff nurse in oncology. For the next nine years, he held several nursing leadership positions, including nurse educator, director of medical oncology and nurse internships, and director of cancer care consortium/unit manager for hematology/oncology/GYN oncology.

Sowers earned his bachelor of science degree from Capital University School of Nursing and a master of science from Duke University School of Nursing. He has published extensively and speaks nationally and abroad on issues such as leadership, organizational change, mentorship, and cancer care.

Active in many professional and community organizations, Sowers serves as chair of the AmSurg Board and is a member of the Vizient Board of Directors, North Carolina Hospital Association Board of Trustees, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Board of Directors, and the Council of Teaching Hospitals Administrative Board. He is an American Academy of Nursing Fellow and has collaborated on numerous research efforts as well as consulted internationally. He has also served in leadership roles with the American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen, and the Oncology Nursing Society.

Sowers, 56, will be joined by his partner, Anthony Evans.

“Anthony and I are now happy to call Baltimore and Johns Hopkins Medicine home,” Sowers says.

Source: http://medicalworldupdate.com/nurse-named-president-johns-hopkins-health-system-executive-vice-president-johns-hopkins-medicine/
* Nursing Jobs / Vacancies for Senior Nurses and Registered Nurses at Dako Medical Center Lagos by katty: December 11, 2017, 09:31:17 PM
URGENT VACANCIES:

The following positions are wanted for urgent employment by Dako Medical Centre Limited:


    Matrons

     Registered Nurses

Note:

All applicants MUST be resident in Lagos State and have a minimum of 3 years post NYSC experience. Only applicants who meet the above criteria would be contacted for interview.

Application process:

Applicants should send their one-page cover letter and detailed CV as a single attachment to dakomedicalcentre@yahoo.com .The Job title and Location must be the subject of the email.

Or

Applicants can send a hardcopy of their one-page cover letter and detailed CV to:

The Medical Director,

Dako Medical Centre Limited,

185 Muyibi Street, Olodi -Apapa,

Lagos State.
* News / OPINION: Whats Really Wrong With ECWA School Of Nursing, Egbe (ESON)? By Ernest by katty: December 11, 2017, 09:21:04 PM
I learnt recently that ESON has asked some Nov. 2016 Nursing Council candidates to return to the school to re-submit their passport photographs for fresh processing of their initial license. This is coming 13 months after these candidates wrote their Council exams.
 
The reason is that there was an error and as a result NMCN could not process their licenses! The candidates are going through hell to travel thousands of miles back to school to submit fresh passports just like they did during registration and the exam proper. They would have to probably wait for another one year because they will be processed and issued licenses.
 
That is not just the only case of lack of good management exhibited by the school.
 
After the release of result by the NMCN in January 2017, the school mandated all candidates to pay their registration and license fees, latest by first week of March, 2017. The school refused to forward the names and fees to NMCN until August, 2017 (five months after).
 
By July 2017, the Principal of the school, Mrs. Zakari had started issuing Letters of Authority to the candidates to go and collect Notification of Registration from NMCN, Abuja. She collected #2000 naira to issue these letters, knowing fully well the forms and registration monies paid have not been sent to NMCN.
 
The candidates were turned back by NMCN and informed that Council hasn't received their forms and fees from their school. Only those who boycotted the school and went on self-registration succeeded.
 
The candidates were later registered on 9th August, 2017. Yet again, NMCN printed date of registration to be 9th August 2016 instead of 9th August, 2017. There is of course no way examination date would bear Nov. 2016 and registration date would be August, 2016.
 
Again, the school dished out these notifications of registration to candidates without dictating this error. They seemed to be more interested in the #1000 naira they were collecting to give out out these notifications.
 
Unfortunately, an outsider, who is not even a nurse dictated this error and called attention to it. The school had to direct all candidates to return the notifications.
 
If despite all the millions of Naira that ESON made from these innocent students, it still cannot develop a proper management system in handling students affairs, then we can only wonder what their money making drive is all about.
 
I paid you a fee for exam and registration, your management system failed to deliver about 13 months later, you ask me to come make another submission as a result of your system failure and you keep me for close to two years before I can have my registration and license as a nurse.
 
What a school Indeed!
* News / Nurses from Philippines, India Land in Jail in Saudi Arabia for Fake Certificate by katty: December 11, 2017, 03:31:10 PM
In a bid to secure jobs in Saudi Arabia, some Asian nurses have allegedly presented counterfeit certificates to prove work experience. Some of these women, mostly from India and the Philippines, have ended up in prison after arriving in the Kingdom or are barred from leaving the country pending investigations.

The forgery was uncovered by a team of experts from the Ministry of Health during screening of nurses recruited through leading manpower consultants in Manila and New Delhi to work in primary health centers in various parts of the Kingdom. Some of them were employed in the private sector.

The recruits had acquired sufficient qualifications and possessed genuine academic qualifications. However, they furnished fabricated experience certificates with longer than actual work duration to boost hiring prospects with the collusion of recruitment agents.

It also came to light that in some cases the agents had submitted forged experience certificates on behalf of the nurses without their knowledge.

A few fraudulent agents have tainted the reputation of hard-working and well-qualified nurses from these countries, officials said.

The nurses who were found guilty of forgery have been lodged in various prisons in Makkah, Riyadh, Eastern Province, Qassim and other regions.

At least a dozen nurses from the Philippines have been arrested in Jeddah and other cities of the Makkah province while 30 others face probe in Riyadh and the Eastern Province.

Also, a significant number of nurses from India are facing a similar fate for falsification of certificates, according to sources.

The Public Prosecution is handling the cases in coordination with the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS) and under the supervision of the provincial emirates.

One of three Indian nurses who were arrested in Taif was found innocent by the court, which ordered the Ministry of Health to reinstate her. However, the ministry terminated her services and repatriated her. Another is out on bail while the third is still behind the bars. The Indian Consulate is working to secure her release, said the sources.

In an earlier case in Qassim, a nurse was able to prove that she was not aware of the false certificate the agent in India had submitted on her behalf. However, she was slapped with a fine and deported following an unsuccessful appeal.

Some of the nurses had obtained bank loans to complete their education and placement, and are now unable to repay the loans after losing their much-coveted jobs in the Kingdom.

A few of the nurses who had allegedly submitted fake certificates left the Kingdom prior to the beginning of the probe to avoid legal consequences.

In addition to the newly recruited nurses, some nurses who have served in the Kingdom for a long time with proven track records are also facing problems after the authorities made it mandatory on them to produce their certificates for the renewal of licenses. These nurses say some of the institutions they graduated from or worked at were either closed or relocated, making the verification of their credentials difficult.

A nurse with more than 10 years experience in a private clinic in Yanbu was arrested on charges of certificate forgery. Another nurse was arrested in Badr while two others in Dammam are languishing in jail on similar charges.

The SCHS has made it mandatory for all health professionals in both private and public sector to produce academic and experience certificates prior to the issuance or renewal of licenses to practice the profession in the Kingdom.

An international agency carries out the verification of certificates in India, the Philippines, Egypt and other countries.

An official from the SCHS has told Saudi Gazette that certificate forgery is not a major problem for the commission to deal with in recent years.

The Ministry of Health is according priority to maintaining the highest standards in quality of services at its facilities, which are seeking international accreditation. The certificate verification of health professionals is one of the criteria for such accreditation.
* News / uk: Midlands trusts turns to 4X4 owners to get nurses to work by katty: December 11, 2017, 03:05:11 PM
West Midlands trusts made social media appeals on Sunday for volunteers with 4X4 vehicles to drive nurses to work in anticipation of staff shortages, while others battled in through the snow on foot.

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust both issued appeals for help to the public on Sunday, as the Midlands was blanketed in snow.

Both later said they had been inundated with offers from people with 4X4 vehicles willing to help get nursing and other staff to the city’s hospitals.

Colleagues also praised the dedication of those staff that did make it in, with some nurses said to have walked three to six miles to do their shifts at hospitals in the centre of Birmingham.

Meanwhile, today, Heart of England asked nursing and support staff who lived near its main sites to call in, with the expectation that others might not make it in for their allotted hours.

It said: “In anticipation of some nursing and auxiliary staff not being able to make their night shift, we’re appealing to staff who live within a reasonable distance of our hospitals and are available to work, to please contact the site team.”

The trust also tweeted that, due to the “ongoing severe weather”, it had decided to cancel all outpatient clinic appointments today across all four of its major sites.

One of the largest acute providers in the country, it runs Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and the Birmingham Chest Clinic.

On Sunday, it had used the social media site to tweet: “Do you have a 4x4 and can volunteer to help our nurses get into our hospitals at Good Hope or Heartlands please give us a call. Thanks.”

Earlier in the day, it had stated online that “trained nurses” were needed at Good Hope Hospital due to “heavy snow”.

Later it tweeted: “Thanks for all the offers of help of 4x4 driver volunteers and nurses. We have had a great response and don’t need any further support at the moment.”



It was a similar story at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, which launched an urgent appeal for help to get staff to work, which was subsequently answered by the public.

Separately, advanced paramedic Anthony Fearn also took to Twitter to praise nurses for walking to work from the city’s suburbs.

He said: “Did you know that some of the nurses at Heartlands Hospital are so amazingly dedicated that they walked to work! Two examples are one from Hall Green and another from Harborne! They walked for hours in the snow to take care of all of you.”

Meanwhile, ‎consultant nephrologist Dr Jyoti Baharani said: ”Finally home: what a day but saw our NHS at its best: night staff staying on to help, many coming in when not on call and others offering lifts to those stranded in the snow so patient care wouldn’t suffer.”

Source: NursIng Times
* News / Alpha Hospital Osun State Quack Celebrates as Olatunji Catherine Speaks Out by katty: December 11, 2017, 03:01:15 PM
Once more the problem of #QuacksInNursing has reared its ugly head in Osun State as one Akindehinde Oluwatobi Esther on the 10th of December 2017 took to her facebook page to celebrate her accomplishment of being a Certified Lab Technologist and a Certified Auxilliary Nurse.
 
Akindehinde had posted on her page that she was trained at "ALPHA HOSPITAL" located in Ede Osun State from July 14, 2014 to December 9, 2017 while also studying "Science laboratory technology (SLT)" at Osun State Polytechnic, Iree from 2015 to 2016. Whilst also celebrating a "DEACONESS AKINDEHINDE" who sponsored her in the "Auxiliary Training" and her fellow auxiliaries naming them as Nurse mosurat, Nurse omolola, Nurse mercy, Nurse Taiwo, Nurse Muda and Nurse Usman. She also posted that she was running both the laboratory(as a lab technologist) and also taking care of patients in ALPHA HOSPITAL.



She also took time to thank a DR. OLAPADE K.O (A disciplinary man), her boss at ALPHA HOSPITAL for training them in his facility, asking God to continue to assist him in his work (This writer guesses the prayer is for him to continue training unqualified and uncertified persons, dress them in white and call them nurses as Miss esther just did of her colleagues).
 
Akindehinde's post reads:
I bless the name of the Lord for the accomplishment of my training as an auxiliary Nurse. If not for the help of christ wat will I have bcome.
I say a big thank u to Mr and Mrs Akindehinde for there support. My appreciation goes to mummy(my mummy in ede),my benefactor, deacones Adetooto you are too much mum. You accepted me,u disciple me to know much about christ. You made me your first daughter. Thanks for your support ma. I pray u will reap the fruit of your labour.
I can't forget this mum too(iya kamilat alias mummy lab) that is my mum in Alpha hospital, thank you ma I pray u will eat the fruit of your labour
My appreciation goes to my staff(mum Aminat) she gave me more confidence ,she made me believe I can do it...mum Ayo (iya ni yen),mum toheeb,mum mustapha...thanks ma.
I say thank u to my colleagues_ Nurse mosurat,Nurse omolola,Nurse mercy,Nurse Taiwo,Nurse Muda,Nurse Usman and others I love u all. We fight we laugh,we gist but when it comes to work don't try Us o...
My acknowledgment is not complete If I don't great my boss DR OLAPADE K.O(A disciplinary man) I pray God will continue to assist u in your work. Any work u lay your hand on shall be perfect.
The journey is not just easy, running both the laboratory(as a lab technologist) and also taking care of patient. It is not easy but God strengthened me he made me a victor.
A certified Lab technologist and certified Auxiliary Nurse(its God grace o)
Next step loading...am going higher always.
I went , I saw, I conquer.
 
CONGRATULATION POSTS SENT ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE



Like they say, nothing stays hidden on the internet for long and while her post was widely shared, a Registered Nurse Olatunji Catherine decided to reply and disprove her of this:
 
Sweetheart.......... Am I suppose to also say congratulations?
No I won't, cos you are not a NURSE.
It's so unfortunate to read about all the stress you've put in to be a QUACK, it really hurt me.
I know you will be hurt by this, but this is reality.
I am sure you paid them, you stressed yourself , they used you..... For a certificate that is not recognized ANYWHERE.
And they just make you keep going round and round in the same circle, you cant really raise your head up I and say I am a professional nurse. You can't leave this country and tell them "oh, I am a nurse" ....you have to think twice because you will be arrested.
You are a laboratory technologist.... Wow, I am proud of that (I hope it's also in an ACCREDITTED school)
But you wanna be a nurse , I get it. Just stay with your calling first, then go through the right channel to be a NURSE.
Go to school, write your Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board - JAMB or to an ACCREDITTED school of nursing.
it's never too late.
To those congratulating her...
FYI
There is NOTHING LIKE AN AUXILIARY NURSE, but a QUACK! IF YOU ARE NOT A NURSE, YOU ARE NOT A NURSE. NURSING IS NOT AN APPRENTICESHIP PROFESSION, WE DEAL WITH LIVES, PEOPLE NOT OBJECTS, EVEN TAKING CARE OF ANIMALS MUST NOT BE JOKED WITH, HOW MUCH MORE HUMANS.
 
YOU WANT TO BE A NURSE? PLEASE GO TO THE RIGHT CHANNEL, GO TO THE UNIVERSITY OR AN ACCREDITTED SCHOOL OF NURSING, GET LICENSED BY THE Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Be licensed by them and not by one QUACKS-PRODUCING DOCTORS OR "NURSES" (For you professionals breeding quacks, I beg you to stop. A new generation has risen and it's no more business as usual) I know some times, circumstances, situations can make this look impossible or unactualise. You just believe, do something WORTHWHILE for that period of time and not in QUACKERY. When there is a will, there is always a way but not in Quackery.
 
PS:
I DON'T HATE QUACKS BUT I JUST HATE ANY FORM OF QUACKERY. I AM ALLERGIC TO QUACKERY, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE SHAPE, SIZE, COLOUR OR GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION.
 
#IAmANurse
#ThatTitleWasEarnedAndNotGiven
#TruthBeTold
#QuacksKill
#SayNoToQuackery
 
Written By Avalon
* Nursing Jobs / Psychiatric Nurse Vacancy at Synapse Services Abuja by Idowu Olabode: December 11, 2017, 02:50:19 PM
Synapse Services - We are a privately owned Centre for Psychological Medicine located in the heart of Nigeria - Abuja. We provide first class psychological and psychiatric care as well as treatment of addictions, with a range of therapeutic programs suited to individual needs.
 
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
 
Position: Psychiatric Nurse
 
Location: Abuja
 
Responsibilities
* Assessing care requirements/writing care plans
* Carrying out screening tests
* Providing information, emotional support and reassurance to Patients
* Taking patient samples, pulses, temperatures and blood pressures
* Writing records
* Tutoring Support Workers
 
Requirements
* Applicants must possess BNSC or RPN
* Must Be a Resident in Abuja
* Be male or female between the ages of 22 and 35 years
* Be medically and physically fit.
* Must have 2-3 years Working Experience
 
Application Closing Date
30th December, 2017.
 
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV's to: Jobs@synapseservices.org with the position as the Title of the e-mail.
* News / Zimbabwe: Nurse Fired for Failing to Disclose Her HIV Status by Idowu Olabode: December 11, 2017, 11:03:36 AM
 Harare nurse, who failed to disclose her HIV status during her recruitment, has been left jobless after her employer, St Anne’s Hospital discovered that she was indeed positive after serving the institution for two years.

The woman was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 while she was employed at Avenues Clinic in Harare. She resigned in 2006 due to ill health before reapplying for another job at St Anne’s Hospital in the capital upon recovery. When she applied for the new job at St Anne’s Hospital in 2010, she was asked to fill in the application forms stating whether or not she was suffering from any serious illness, including HIV.

The matter came to light when the nurse suffered a stroke in 2012 and St Anne’s Hospital ordered an investigation that revealed that she had either supplied false information or omitted relevant information about her health. A disciplinary hearing found her guilty of either supplying false information or omitting relevant information when she filled in her medical examination forms. She successfully appealed to the National Employment Council’s Appeals Committee and an order for reinstatement was issued.

St Anne’s Hospital challenged the NEC’s decision at the Labour Court.

While the appeal was pending, the woman filed an application directly at the Constitutional Court.

In the constitutional challenge, the woman listed St Anne’s Hospital, Caps Holdings Limited and the NEC for Welfare and Educational Institutions as respondents. In the Constitutional Court challenge, the woman argued that her right to privacy in terms of Section 57(e) of the Constitution had been violated by St Anne’s Hospital.

She also argued her rights to dignity and protection against inhuman and degrading treatment were trampled upon.

Chief Justice Luke Malaba, sitting with eight other judges of the Apex Court, threw out the application, saying no rights had been violated.

“It is important to note that the purpose of the disciplinary proceedings was not to compel the applicant to reveal her health condition,” ruled the court.

“The purpose was to determine the question of whether she had given false information when she answered in the negative the question whether she had suffered from any serious illness. If she was honest, she needed only to answer the question in the affirmative.”

The court also found that the woman used the wrong procedure in approaching the Constitutional Court.

“If a question of violation of a fundamental right arises in proceedings before a subordinate court, the correct procedure for bringing the matter to the Constitutional Court is the one set out in Section 175 (4) of the Constitution,” said the court.

“The applicant ignored the procedure she was obliged to follow if she wanted to have the question of the infringement of her fundamental rights brought to the Constitutional Court for determination.”

Advocate Fadzai Mahere represented the woman in the constitutional challenge, while Mr Caleb Mucheche of Matsikidze & Mucheche Legal Practitioners appeared for the NEC.

Source: Herald
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