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DENOSA KZN reports provincial health department to SA Human Rights Commission and Public Service Commission over poor safety in health facilities

Media statement 

Wednesday, 12 February 2020     

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in KwaZulu-Natal has reported the provincial Department of Health to both the South African Human Rights Commission and the Public Service Commission over the poor state of safety in health facilities in the province which has led to unnecessary attacks and killings of health workers and patients recently as well as over the years. 

This poor safety has brought low morale to health workers as they are constantly worried about their own safety while performing their work inside health facilities, and rightfully so.    

“After several incidences of attacks and killings inside facilities, where we do not see the Department taking drastic steps to protect patients and nurses in healthcare institutions, DENOSA took a decision to report all these incidents to the two commissions with view that they investigate. We did so on the 4th of February,” says DENOSA KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Secretary, Mandla Shabangu.

“We hope that they will see the root cause of the problem for themselves, as we have been complaining for years about the poor state of security in health facilities in the province.” 

The South African Human Rights Commission has acknowledged DENOSA’s complaint and assured that the matter will be processed according to the commission’s complaints’ handling procedures. The Public Service Commission, however, has not acknowledged receipt of our complaint and we hope they will do so and, most importantly, do their own assessment of the state of safety in health facilities. 

DENOSA is not going to keep quiet in the face of this continuing injustice, and feel that the department must be taken to task for failing to provide safe working environment for our members and communities out there who use public facilities. 

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Issued by DENOSA in KwaZulu-Natal   

For more information, contact: 

Mandla Shabangu, DENOSA Provincial Secretary

Mobile: 071 643 3369