DENOSA Mpumalanga greatly concerned by lack of health and safety of health workers and patients in clinics and...

Media Statement

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Mpumalanga is deeply concerned about the unsafe and unhealthy state of health facilities in which health workers and nurses in particular are expected to execute their duties.

The nature of occupation of health workers is a risky one and therefore requires working environment to be supportive of the type of work they undertake on a day-to day basis. This prompts for a strict adherence to safety policies by all involved in the health care system. A health care environment enables health workers to perform their duties without fear of dangers or possible harm to their well-being.

The increased numbers of health workers contracting Tuberculosis in the work place are as a result of poor structures and unavailability of supplies is disheartening and disgusting. The health workers that contracted TB at Khumbula Clinic is just a tip in the ice-berg as we feel that there are more workers suffering the similar fate.

We have also observed with great concern and condemnation the snail pace in resolving the challenge of reducing security personnel in health facility and the safety implications it posed to our members and patients. This proves again that outsourcing of this critical service was a mistake and we call upon the Mpumalanga Department of Health and Mpumalanga Department Safety Security and Liaison to implement the ANC resolution and reconsider the decision to privatise the security service.

These developments are contrary to the Service Charter agreement between labour and government where an undertaking was made to provide a conducive working environment for public servants to render their service, in which health and safety is key. Furthermore, these developments are contrary to the Ministerial Six Priorities, which safety is among them. We further register that the austerity measures should not be exercised at the expense of the vulnerable and mostly female workers and the society in general.

Provincial government reduced the number security personnel across the province’s health facilities by as much as 50% in some and even more in others. This action is consistent with the call by Finance Minister who announced in his Mid-Term Budget Policy Statement in October 2014 and his budget Speech in February 2015 government’s declaration of austerity measures across the board.

As a result, critical equipment such as computers, with confidential information for patients, gets stolen in many facilities. Criminals gain easy access to facilities and take whatever they desire. DENOSA’s fear is that, in addition to critical equipment, medication will also become the target for criminals.  

The health and safety of our members is paramount and we therefore call upon the relevant departments to speedily resolve this challenge. We also call upon our members and health workers in general to ensure that they exercise healthy and safety measures and not to gamble with their lives while trying to serve lives of the people. We further remind them that it is within their right to refuse to work under an environment that will put their lives in danger. We also call upon the structures that represent the society in health to advocate for community members so that we bring the situation to normality.

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

For more information or enquiries, contact:

Silence Matsane. DENOSA Provincial Secretary

Mobile: 082 776 0979

Or

Mzwandile Shongwe. DENOSA Provincial Chairperson

079 501 5131

Or

Nhlanhla Dladla. DENOSA Provincial Organiser

Mobile: 082 821 1471

Website: www.denosa.org.za

Facebook: DENOSA National Page

Twitter: @DENOSAORG  

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DENOSA decodes the negative impact of increasing xenophobic attacks on the country’s health infrastructure...

Media statement

 

Friday, 17 April 2015

 

 

 

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) is concerned with the increasing pressure on the country’s health facilities as results of violent xenophobic attacks that some South Africans are leading, and would like to call for a stop on xenophobic attacks as a matter of urgency.

 

DENOSA calls on all political, church, traditional and community leaders to provide leadership in the communities where the attacks have erupted and plead for tolerance. We also call for the same on community leaders in areas where this cancer has not infected. Failure to heed the call may result in a negative practice environment, as almost 100 percent of both the perpetrators and the victims of xenophobic attacks are dependent on the country’s public health. 

 

DENOSA’s fear is that health budget may dry up quickly while there are patients living in the same communities who are on chronic medication and rely on their nearest health centres to provide such medication.     

This man-made chaos has ripple effects and causes unnecessary strain on the already scarce resources in health facilities. Innocent people are burnt alive and sustain such terrible and life-threatening injuries that need urgent admission to hospitals and clinics, and they become priorities because of their injuries.

 

This is the end-result of the reckless xenophobic attacks. DENOSA would like to warn South Africans in the areas most affected by xenophobic attacks that if they don’t stop these attacks on foreign nationals, there may come a time where there will not be enough beds or medication next time they visit their nearest hospitals or clinics, because they may have been used in treating the injured people.

 

While it becoming obvious that some locals can’t be convinced against their act of attacking innocent foreign nationals, DENOSA would like to make them understand, however, that in terms of World Health Organisation (WHO), foreign nationals can’t be denied to access to health service while in South Africa, regardless of their status in this country.

 

While this cancer began in Durban, the reality is that it is starting to widen to the country’s economic hub, Gauteng, and the effects of this will be felt on many fronts, including health. DENOSA would like to warn of the following possible negative effects on health in Gauteng as a result of xenophobic attacks, which residents must brace themselves for:

-       Longer queues;

-       Prolonged waiting period;

-       Severe shortage of medication and equipment;

-       Shortage of health workers and loss of lives that would ordinarily have been saved, following Treasury’s announcement to withdraw funding for positions which have been vacant for a while;

-       Restlessness by patients 

DENOSA is concerned that the effects of these xenophobic attacks don’t seem to be considered. The effects will be felt by both patients and health workers, most of who may be charged with negligence because of shortage of resources and medication in the facilities where they work.

 

DENOSA says ‘Stop xenophobic attacks now!’

 

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

For more information, contact:

 

Simon Hlungwani, DENOSA President

Mobile: 079 501 4922

Email: simonh@denosa.org.za

Or

Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager

Mobile: 079 875 2663

Email: sibongisenid@denosa.org.za

Website: www.denosa.org.za

Facebook: DENOSA National Page

Twitter: @DENOSAORG  

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COSATU Public Service Unions to March to the Department of Finance...

16 April 2015

 

 

COSATU Public Service Unions Statement:

 

All seven Public Service Unions are united in action against the employer who is intransigent, arrogant and continues to negotiate in bad faith. To that extent, we are deeply disappointed that a three-day conciliation process with the employer, over wage negotiations, that began on Friday, 10 April 2015, has not yielded any results. This conciliation process came into being as a result of the employer declaring an unprecedented dispute in the middle of negotiation. 

 

The state has so far, failed to meet revised labour’s demands or to reach the middle ground in order to find a solution to the ongoing impasse. Labour is still demanding a revised 10% salary adjustment and R1 500 housing allowance and the employer still offers 5,8% salary adjustment across the board.  The employer still continues to drag its feet and is openly refusing to come up with a reasonable offer for consideration by our members.

 

This unfortunately means that after seven months of negotiations, the employer’s attitude has not changed and their level of ill-informed overconfidence and carelessness is increasing. We have always maintained that at the centre of the employer’s lack of cooperation and intransigence, is the Department of Finance. The biggest enemy of the workers and the working class in this country is the Treasury. They are prepared to bend over backwards to pacify the capitalist class and will do everything to oppress the workers so as to please the foreign institutions and ratings agencies. 

 

The level of intransigence and arrogance displayed by the employer therefore comes from the mandate as dictated to by the Treasury. They have a clear and deliberate agenda to implement selective voluntary austerity measures. We regard these austerity measures selective because they are directed only to the workers and the poor and are meant to appease capital.

 

There is no other social strata that has been subjected to these measures except the working class. For the last two years, the Treasury has been leading an anti-worker agenda and has been making public declarations and statements vilifying the workers as well as treating them like a costly nuisance.

 

We find this not only mischievous but also deeply intolerable; we are clear that there is a concerted effort to reverse the gains of the workers and make their organisations redundant. 

 

Government insists on adhering to discredited neo-liberal policies of GEAR that have continuously failed the poor majority of this country. 

 

Every day, we are subjected to media reports of wasteful expenditure by government and reports of exorbitant profits made by private companies that are doing business with the state; the Auditor General’s report is full of stories about corruption and mismanagement of taxpayer’s money. The political class is ganging up against the workers and the poor. They continue to enjoy their ever expanding benefits and salaries and yet they refuse to give workers decent wage increases.

 

We refuse to be reduced to beggars and we won’t allow the employer to impose the percentage increase on us.

 

Our unions will conclude the on-going membership consultation processes by next week Tuesday. We are going to continue to engage with the employer with the hope of resolving this impasse amicably. But, the writing is on the wall for us that the employer cheered on by Treasury, are prepared to emasculate the unions and undermine the concept of bargaining.

 

From today, all our unions will be mobilising their members for a massive march in Pretoria to the Department of Finance on Thursday, 23 April 2015.  We will also be having nationwide stay-aways, pickets and demonstrations in the other eight provinces on the same day.

 

This national march and countrywide demonstrations represent the unions’ first step towards taking our battle to the streets. Our patience is wearing thin and going forward, we will be left with no option but to abandon the boardroom and go to the streets fulltime.

 

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For more information, contact:

Sizwe Pamla, NEHAWU Media Officer: 082 558 5962

 

Nomusa Cembi, SADTU Media Officer: 082 719 5157

 

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10 REASONS WHY NURSES DESERVE 100% SALARY INCREMENT...

10 REASONS WHY NURSES DESERVE 100% SALARY INCREMENT:

From Ntandane Nyebe, a nurse in Cape Town. 

As the backbone of any healthcare system in the world, it is my honest opinion that nurses deserve proper compensation for the hard work they put in in improving the health of South Africans. After all, nurses are the proverbial Alpha and Omega. The following 10 points are the reasons.    

1. We are short staffed- one person does a work that should have been done by 4 people.

2. We have gone through formal education, we have got degrees etc, we are accountable to a nurses' board, we got to be paid decent salaries like Pharmacists and doctors- YES.

3. The health institutions do not have enough of the unskilled workers e.g. porters and cleaners- Nurses are then forced to work as unkilled workers-on top of their scope of practice, when the need arises.

4. There are many instances where doctors go & do shopping at the malls when they are on call, or simply some institutions have shortage of doctors- when an emergency situation arises- a nurse does a work that was supposed to be done by the doctor to save the client. Same case when there no social workers- nurses must run around doing what was supposed to be done by a social worker.

5. We do a risky job - I've heard of many nurses & docs who died from contagious diseases- especially trauma staff.

6. The governing party admitted in 2011 that there is a dire shortage of nurses in SA, which means nursing is a scarce skill in SA and the last time I checked professionals with scarce skills were getting paid higher salaries in SA.

7. We work under bad conditions- institutions with no proper security, lack of proper equipment etc. But we always try and do our best to improvise for the benefit of the clients.

8. Nurses who go & work overseas they don't go there just for fun or to experience different culture- they leave because they feel they are being overlooked by Government in terms of salary- meanwhile SA loses specialised nurses with experience - Government who cares about its people would try and keep nurses by raising salaries.

9. We deserve better. Our Government can afford to increase our salaries by 100%. There is money in SA- we have seen structural developments in SA & they have been built by companies who have been paid millions and billions.

10. ANC Government promised to increase salary of Nurses when they were in Mangaung in 2012/13. 

I Thank You
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The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in its current form was established on 5 December 1996.

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