Wednesday, 15 November 2017
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Gauteng is highly concerned about the crumbling financial state of affairs at the Gauteng Department of Health, and this risks the Department and province losing quality and professional workers in large numbers due to compensation shortfalls that remain unfulfilled for long periods.
Over the past months we have witnessed the Gauteng Department of Health becoming the playground of the sheriff of the court, and bank accounts of the department being attached by the court, unpaid pay progression and incentive bonuses of workers to the tune of R829 million and a shortfall in the compensation of employees (COE) budget to the tune of R916 million.
All these are signs that the department of health is under siege and cannot cope with these challenges. DENOSA in Gauteng is concerned that all these challenges are known by Treasury and government, but they don’t seem to bother them. “But we have witnessed urgent action in the recent past to bail out state-owned enterprises such as SAA and Eskom, but there is not even a move to bail out health in this country,” says DENOSA Gauteng Provincial Chairperson, Simphiwe Gada. “It seems that the government cannot prioritise well, because it is our view that the health of our citizens is more important than an airline.”
DENOSA Gauteng would like to call on government to intervene and bail out the Gauteng Department of Health before the crisis reaches a boiling point and become irreversible, so that the department can continue to function and meet its obligations. DENOSA Gauteng equally warns government in Gauteng that if workers continue to be compromised by the current dire financial state and are not paid their incentive bonuses and pay progression, we will shut down the department of health.
Our last call is that the public must step in and put pressure onto the government to save the department of health or be ready to have a non-existent department of health that will not meet their health needs.
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