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denosa thumb medium60 92News24 reports that more than 200 nurses will stage a sit-in at the offices of the Department of Health (DOH) in the North West on Monday, to demand their immediate employment at clinics and hospitals.

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) Student Movement, which will lead the demonstration, said the DOH promised to give the nurses employment offers after completing their community service in June last year. However, the DOH failed to fulfil its promise, citing budgetary constraints for the 2024/25 financial year. According to Denosa Student Movement’s Mothusi Lebatle, there were also about 136 nurses who had just completed the various nursing qualification programmes, while about 126 nurses would be completing their courses between May and June this year. "The community is suffering. If you go to any hospital in the North West and look at the staffing at hospitals and clinics; doctors, and nurses are suffering. They are not even executing their duties as they should, because of staff shortages," he claimed. According to Lebatle, the DOH paid for the education of some of the unemployed nurses and he went on to state: “The taxpayer's money funds these bursaries … Unemployment will add to the backlog because higher learning institutions are producing nurses. What are they producing them for? For the streets?" The DOH said that it had noted Denosa's concerns and that MEC Madoda Sambatha had arranged a meeting with the union for Sunday. Details of the meeting will be shared.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Cebelihle Bhengu at News24

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