Health staff to re­turn to duty

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MEM­BERS of the Demo­cratic Nurs­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion of South Africa (Denosa) and staff at the Hopetown Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre have in­di­cated that they will re­turn to duty fol­low­ing a com­mit­ment by the North­ern Cape De­part­ment of Health to ap­point four ad­di­tional nurses at the cen­tre.

Staff at the cen­tre downed tools and op­er­a­tions came to a stand­still last week fol­low­ing com­plaints of be­ing grossly un­der­staffed.

North­ern Cape De­part­ment of Health spokesper­son, Le­bo­gang Ma­haja, said that the MEC for Health, Fufe Maka­tong, had yes­ter­day held a meet­ing with the union and com­mu­nity to ad­dress the is­sue.

“The visit by the MEC comes af­ter a week sub­se­quent to the in­ter­rup­tion of health ser­vices by Denosa, re­lat­ing to the short­age of nurses at the fa­cil­ity. The lead­er­ship of Denosa, dur­ing the meet­ing, ex­pressed their com­mit­ment to­wards en­gag­ing the de­part­ment on ad­dress­ing short­ages ex­pe­ri­enced at the de­part­ment and on a process plan that will en­sure that the fa­cil­i­ties in the Prov­ince op­er­ate at full staff com­ple­ment. The union com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that their mem­bers re­port back on duty,” said Ma­haja.

He added that the MEC had promised to give pri­or­ity to the mat­ter.

“MEC Maka­tong fur­ther urged the com­mu­nity to ex­er­cise some pa­tience and al­low re­cruit­ment pro­cesses to be con­cluded, as pre­scribed by the leg­is­la­tion. The MEC re­layed her com­mit­ment to give at­ten­tion to beef­ing up clin­i­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port to health fa­cil­i­ties across the Prov­ince, as the de­part­ment has al­ready em­barked on the re­cruit­ment pro­cesses even be­fore the union with­drew their mem­bers from de­liv­er­ing health ser­vices at Hopetown Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre. The re­cruit­ment process is fo­cused on fill­ing of va­can­cies that are funded and are within the cur­rent fi­nan­cial abil­ity of the de­part­ment,” Ma­haja said.

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Denosa mem­bers re­turned to their du­ties.

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