Coordinating Minister Puan Instructed Investigate Patient Sexual Harassment

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Friday, January 26 2018 - 15:00 IWST

Menko PMK Puan Maharani (Foto Ist)
Menko PMK Puan Maharani (Foto Ist)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Surabaya - Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani instructed his staff to investigate cases of alleged sexual harassment of a patient of National Hospital Surabaya conducted by local nurses.

"Mrs. Coordinator has given clear direction to us to immediately go to the field to check the related video of alleged sexual harassment circulating in social media," said Deputy Coordination of Women and Child Protection Kemenko PMK, Sudjatmiko, Thursday (25/1/2018).

In a press release received by the media crew in Jakarta, Puan Maharani admitted to be very concerned about the incident, especially if it happened to a patient who was already in a state of being harassed.

Meanwhile, Deputy of Coordination of Health Improvement of PMK Sigit Priohutomo said the case of viral video in social media caused various criticisms.

"According to Mrs. Menko, we have communicated with the Ministry of Health and received information that alleged violation is the domain of professional ethics, which is included in the territory of Indonesian National Nurses Association (PPNI),"s he said.

It also said that today PPNI has moved to investigate the news circulating about the alleged harassment of patients by nurse person.

Investigation efforts carried out today, she said, was conducted at RS National Hospital Surabaya and involved the PPNI, Association of Hospitals throughout Indonesia (PERSI), Surabaya City Government Health Office and the National Hospital Hospital Surabaya.

"If a violation of ethics is proven, the PPNI may revoke the membership of the person concerned, and issue a recommendation to revoke the nurse's Practice License (SIP) for the violation of the patient and nurse relationship SOP, the consequences are under the authority of the workplace instruction," she said.

It also said that Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Puan Maharani asked the police to be involved when further investigation was needed.

"Mrs. Coordinating Minister warned that if the patient to experience trauma then the patient must really be given protection, both rehabilitation and legal assistance," she said.

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