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DENOSA Mpumalanga disappointed by inconsiderate and reckless act by community members who attacked nurses at Delmas Hospital over the weekend.

Media Statement

Tuesday, 06 June 2017

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) is taken aback by the reckless and inconsiderate act of community members who gained entry at Delmas Hospital on Saturday night and attacked nurses because they are the ones who pay their salaries.

What is more disappointing is that they claimed to represent civil organisation SANCO while some were wearing ANC T-shirts.

"As an organisation, we are particularly disappointed that SANCO is showing complete disregard of the issues that nurses are faced with in communities where they work like Delmas," says DENOSA Mpumalanga Provincial Secretary, Mzwandile Shongwe.

"In fact, this will only fuel the tensions. Nurses at the hospital are not touching work until the matter is resolved. They also feel that police never attended to the issue when they were called by nurses after hours of physical attacks by rogue community members at Casualty section, which further prevented nurses from caring for patients at the facility. Police way after the event, and when they arrived they never acted because perpetrators were people known to them."

DENOSA once again highlights the issue of poor security in health facilities which remains unattended.

There were only four securities deployed at the facility by the provincial department, and none of them is armed. The rogue community members forced their entry into the facility with full knowledge that the security is not armed.

DENOSA hopes the community will understand why nurses don't want to touch work from yesterday until the matter of security is attended to and assurance is given that a similar event will not happen again.

DENOSA further demands that the perpetrators get arrested because they are known to the police. DENOSA demands include that security personnel in government be in-sourced.

"It would appear as though nurses must first make a drastic decision, like allowing death of patients, before their fair demand for a safe working environment is provided to them. Nurses are picketing outside the facility demanding security. They are not essential service anyway, and nothing shows that they are," concludes Shongwe.