Private hospital sued after nurse allegedly rapes teenager
A male nurse at a Durban private hospital has been charged with rape and now the parents of the teenage victim are suing the hospital and police. The 16-year-old girl was taken to the casualty department of Westville Hospital in June 2018 after complaining of chest pains, Times Select reports, and attended to by a male nurse, who asked that the mother wait on the other side of the curtain.
Leon Dunn, the attorney handling the matter, said on the way home the teenager said the male nurse had touched her inappropriately. She said he inserted his finger into her vagina.
The mom immediately went back to the hospital and confronted the nurse. He claimed he had been checking to see if she was pregnant. Dunn said the father insisted that the matter be reported to the police and the complaint was laid the next day at Pinetown police station.
In the summons, issued out of the Durban Regional Court, the parents are claiming R400 000 from the hospital, the agency Seanda Health Care Services, and the nurse, claiming that the teenager had not given her consent for the 'sexual activity' and the hospital and agency owed her a duty of care.
Greg Swale, Life Healthcare regional manager, said hospital management had moved very swiftly to investigate and manage the matter. The matter was reported to the nursing recruitment agency who employed the nurse and the nurse's services were suspended with immediate effect.
The claim against the police is for R200 000 for 'breach of duty to properly investigate' the case. A police spokesperson said the suspect had last appeared in the Pinetown Regional Court in April on a charge of rape.
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