AbstractThe Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi labeled public health practitioners as uncaring and added that patients deserved compassion, love, warm smiles and soothing hands at a Nurses Day celebration in Seshego, Limpopo. It was sad that the Minister had to reprimand nurses at our celebrations by telling nurses that patients should not be reduced “to people who were just collecting medication or wanting injections”. Is it really necessary for nurses to be threatened by the appointment of a Health Ombudsman, is that the only way to get the members of the nursing profession to refocus on the core values of nursing1?
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