Thursday, 26 October 2017
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Gauteng has urgently deployed its provincial Treasurer who is also COSATU Provincial Treasurer, cde Thabang Sonyathi, and both regional and local leadership to engage management at Thele Mogoerane Hospital in Vosloorus regarding non-payment of the security company working at the hospital, which has since led to security workers withdrawing their labour and health workers joining in solidarity with security workers.
“DENOSA would like to inform the community, however, that their healthcare needs will be taken care of at the facility. We further make a call to community to support these security workers in their cause by holding the hospital management accountable and run the hospital effectively in the interest of the community,” says DENOSA Gauteng Chairperson, Simphiwe Gada.
“As such, nurses working in critical areas such as ICU, maternity and casualty are at work, although they work in an insecure environment and as a result it gives us great discomfort that the safety of both patients and nurses cannot be guaranteed while taking care of patients at the facility, because there is no security at work.”
In the meeting currently underway between management and workers at the hospital since this morning, DENOSA is pleading with the management to speedily pay the invoice to the security company so that operations could return to normality.
“Timeous payment of suppliers is one of the grey areas that government needs to resolve throughout the departments of health,” adds Gada. “This is one of the negative outcomes of outsourcing security function by government, because security as public servants would have been paid through PERSAL (government payment system) and none of us would be in this messy situation.”
DENOSA is also seeking urgent intervention of the MEC of Health in the province to see to it that the issue is not prolonged any longer.
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Gauteng
For more information, contact:
Simphiwe Gada, DENOSA Gauteng Provincial Chairperson
Mobile: 072 563 1923