JOBURG Emergency Services will investigate allegations that four of its members refused to help a dying woman because they claimed she was “too dirty”.
This comes after Daily Sun published a story on Monday about Sarah Bezuidenhout (44) of Protea Glen, Soweto, who died after ambulance workers allegedly refused to take her to hospital on the previous Thursday.
Emergency services spokesman Robert Mulaudzi said yesterday: “We have noted with great concern the alleged refusal of the ambulance crew to take a patient to hospital on the grounds that she was too dirty”.
Mulaudzi said he encouraged the family of the patient to lodge a formal complaint.
“The allegation is being taken very seriously and we will thoroughly investigate any formal complaint by the family and take the necessary disciplinary steps if the culprits are found to have acted improperly.
“Our aim is to save lives and to ensure that residents get professional treatment and assistance at all times, despite their cleanliness,” Mulaudzi said.
Sadly, Sarah died on Friday.