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healthcareThe New Age writes that a major health crisis is set to engulf the country as doctors, nurses and other health workers threaten to down tools over poor management of health facilities, non-payment of overtime, a lack of resources and generally poor working conditions.  

In North West, the government has already closed at least five clinics and is running out of ARVs because of an ongoing strike.  North West nurses, who are members of trade unions Denosa and Nehawu, have been on strike since 26 February.  Meanwhile, barely a month after health workers under unions Denosa and Nehawu staged a sit-in at the Gauteng Health MEC’s offices demanding overtime payments dating back three years, doctors working in public hospitals have now come out to say they will not work extra hours if they are not going to be paid for them.  According to a doctor employed by Gauteng Health, a directive was issued which stopped payments for overtime work due to the multimillion-rand settlements in the Life Esidimeni tragedy.  Last week MPs were forced to intervene to defuse tensions over claims of poor management at the Khayelitsha Hospital in the Western Cape.  A site visit by Parliament’s select committee on petitions and executive undertakings to the hospital revealed that unresolved disciplinary hearings and dismissal of senior staffers were hampering service delivery at the facility.  Committee chairperson Dumisani Ximbi said they were inundated with complaints from senior nurses.

  • Read this report by Lerato Diale, Elfas Torerai and Vincent in full at The New Age


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