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healthcareSunday Independent reports that nursing trade unions are frustrated over the large number of Gauteng hospitals being led by acting CEOs at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The hospitals in question are Dr George Mukhari Hospital in Pretoria, Jubilee Hospital in Hammanskraal, Pretoria West Hospital, Bertha Gxowa Hospital in Germiston, Far East Rand Hospital in Springs, Pholosong Hospital in Brakpan, Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Soweto and Tembisa Academic Hospital. Gauteng Health’s Motalatale Modiba recently said the department had prioritised the filling of vacant posts. “Out of the seven posts, three were recently advertised and closed during the month of July 2021. One post is currently vacant. One post is in the process of being advertised. The other two posts are not vacant, however, they are occupied by acting appointees due to employer-employee related issues that are still being processed,” said Modiba. Meantime, the Democratic Nursing Union of SA’s (Denosa’s) Bongani Mazibuko pointed out that they have noted a lot of indecisiveness as the acting CEOs were reluctant to make decisions and they were also afraid to make appointments, so it hampered service delivery. He also lamented the fact that some of the CEOs had decided to take leave at the height of the third wave. Rich Sicina of the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union (YNITU) did not mince his words, saying the granting of leave was being done internationally to bring down the public health system in order to benefit those in government. “We believe this thing is done intentionally. It's a cartel. We always ask ourselves who benefits from making sure that the public health system is disorganised. So if you have a disorganised public health system you are going to have a million dollar business on the other side which is private,” claimed Sicina.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Roland Mpofu on page 6 of Sunday Independent of 9 August 2021

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