healthcareThe New Age reports that patients at the KwaMashu Poly Clinic were left stranded on Wednesday when 500 staff members embarked on a go-slow, calling for the suspension of the HR and nursing managers.  

Downing tools, the healthcare professionals said they had had enough of being abused by their seniors.  They called for their removal as the departmental investigation against them continued.  Meanwhile, patients were left in limbo, with disruptions to the dispensing of medication and treatment.  Sipho Ndlovu of the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw) said the staffers went on a go-slow from 7am to 11am while they waited to be addressed by the district after having submitted detailed grievances about abuse and lack of staff and having been promised that there would be a response by last Friday.  Staff also raised issues around security, nepotism and preferential treatment.  Ndlovu said the district had promised to respond by next week and until then “we are on a go-slow.”  In the afternoon, normal services resumed at the clinic.

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