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MEDIA INVITATION: DENOSA to lead over 10 000 nurses and health workers to a march to SANC, National Department of Health, Treasury and DPSA offices in Pretoria on Wednesday 22 February 2017

REMINDER   

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) and NEHAWU will lead more than 10 000 nurses and health workers from all over South Africa to the national march to the South African Nursing Council (SANC)’s only office, the National Department of Health, Treasury and Department of Public Service and Administration offices in Pretoria on Wednesday 22 February 2017 from 09h00 to 16h00 to demand better working conditions for health workers in the country’s health facilities and opening of provincial SANC offices by the Council among many others.

 

The march will gather at Old Putco Depot in Marabastad in Pretoria at 09h00, and move to the National Department of Health offices on Thabo Sehume Street via Struben Street. The next stop will be the Treasury offices on Thabo Sehume Street. The march will then move to the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) offices at corner of Edmund and Hamilton Streets before moving to the SANC offices on Leyds Street via Madiba Street.  The march will also be joined by some nursing education institutions, which have tried without any success to engage SANC on the change in the nursing curriculum which is likely to further plunge SA nursing into deeper crisis than it currently is.  

 

In great part, the march will also give a rare opportunity to some nurses who could not afford to come to SANC to pay their restoration fees. But we are disappointed to learn that SANC has decided to close offices for operation on the day whereas the National Department of Health, Treasury and Department of Public Service and Administration offices will operate as normal. This goes to show further that SANC is slowly found wanting and lacks both administrative and political will when it comes to giving attention to the needs of nurses of South Africa. This march is protected, and as such for it to be orderly is non-negotiable. We see no reason for the closure of their offices other than the continuing inconveniencing of nurses. Unless the Council does not trust its own nurses. The Council must transform so that it understands that marches are part of democracy in SA. When it transforms, it will also see the urgency of opening offices in provinces.   

 

SANC must ask other provincial Health Departments where DENOSA had marched to, and check if there were ever damage to property during our marches in those departments. DENOSA members are disciplined cadres who can’t embark on any march without ensuring safety thereof, and without maximum provocation for embarking on such action.    

 

Key among the demands to the National Department of Health are the following:

 

  • Speedy implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI); 

  • Addressing the severe shortage of nurses and non-absorption of community service nurses at the time when there are high vacancy rates in facilities;

  • Payment of nurses and suppliers;

  • Continuous professional development opportunities for nurses in facilities as a result gross shortages of nurses;

  • The need for the Department to accept that nurses in its casualty, clinics, CHCs and MDR-TB sections should get Danger Allowance;

  • The need for the Department to accept that all categories of nurses who work in areas classified as rural areas to get Rural Allowance;

  • The appointment of Chief Nursing Officers in provinces;

  • Structural adjustment in the Department where the role of Chief Nursing Officer in the country reports directly to the Director-General;

  • Supply of basic tools of trade in facilities; and

  • Safety of health workers and patients as a result of poor and outsourced security;

 

Key among the demands to the South Africa Nursing Council (SANC) are the following:

 

  • Decentralisation of SANC (Opening of provincial offices urgently); 

  • Opening of the registration period for payment of annual fees throughout the year, and not only from July to December of each year;

  • Proper consultation by SANC to employers and other stakeholders to make use of the online system at SANC to check if nurses have paid their annual practice licence;

  • Flexibility of SANC and opening to engagements and not always too defensive even to stakeholders; 

  • To allow nurses who work for government (who form majority nursing workforce in SA) to choose months that SANC can deduct annual fees, so that nurses don’t have to come to Pretoria; and     

  • Transparency on how the fees are increased and utilized by SANC.       

 

To the Treasury and DPSA departments, will deliver the memorandums of demands, key among which are:

 

  • Neoliberal macroeconomic policies that undermine industrialisation and job-creation;

  • Retrenchments, outsourcing and casualization;

  • Immediate engagement on comprehensive social security system;

  • Imposition of wealth tax;

  • Demand for a higher minimum wage;

  • Banning of labour broking;

  • The total scrapping of e-tolls;

  • Affordable, reliable, accessible and safe public transport and a stop to the expansion  of the Gautrain service; and

  • Stop in freezing of vacancies in the public service and absorption of community health care workers.

 

 

 

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend the march and report. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager, on 079 875 2663 or email sibongisenid@denosa.org.za

 

#TimeIsNow!!! Siyaya e Pitoli!!!

 

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Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)

 

For more information, contact:

 

Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager

 

Mobile: 079 875 2663

 

Tel: 012 343 2315

 

Email: sibongisenid@denosa.org.za

 

Website: www.denosa.org.za

 

Twitter: @DENOSAORG

 

Facebook: DENOSA National Page