DENOSA in the Eastern Cape is widely welcoming the extension of contracts of nurses who were hired under Covid-19. In February 2021, the department issued letters of termination of contracts of more than 8000 healthcare workers, which included 1000 nurses.
DENOSA highly criticized the move by the department as ill-advised and short sighted. The province is having chronic shortage of healthcare personnel. Any consideration of sending these employees home was counter-productive in the already ailing healthcare system.
DENOSA is delighted to see that the department has come to its senses in extending the contracts. DENOSA was hoping that these employees will be permanently absorbed to the system. The extension of contracts by couple of months throws a lifeline to the employees and it opens more opportunities to engage the department towards permanent employment.
This will boost the human resources that is much needed. With this extension, we hope that the healthcare workers will work as a united force as we face the possibility of the Covid-19 resurgence in the upcoming winter season.
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Eastern Cape.