The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) will be joining the civil society consortium, Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition, in the march to the office of the MEC of Health in the province tomorrow to hand over a memorandum about chronic problems engulfing the department.
For a long time now and with consistency, the province has been embattled with, among others, gross staff shortages, shortage of equipment, medication, lack of support for health workers. As the backbone and face of the health care system, it has become a norm for nurses to get blamed as a result of these challenges. This is a major source of concern to DENOSA, as advocates of service excellence and quality healthcare.
The memorandum details the poor state of affairs in the province’s health facilities, supply chain management, human resources, budgeting and expenditure, management, which require urgent attention. The coalition urges the department to come up with a plan, with timeframes, on how to remedy the situation so that these problems could be a thing of the past.
DENOSA has signed an affidavit attesting to the problems faced by the province, from a nursing perspective. Shortage of nurses, non-payment of benefits and salaries, failure to fill key positions, staff burn-out and downright demoralisation with no continuous professional development are some of the frustrations that nurses in the province have to contend with on an ongoing basis with no end.
Having just signed the service charter as representatives of members in the public service, which is a commitment to quality public service by both employees and employer, DENOSA joins this march in line with its commitment to quality health service and under the spirit of a positive practice environment for health workers to render quality service, which is currently not the case in the Eastern Cape at the moment.
With the sample of these chronic problems in the latest report undertaken by TAC and SECTION 27, the time has come to tackle them head on so that nurses could be able to provide the necessary care to needy patients of the province, which is mostly rural.