nursing thumb medium90 93The New Age reports that health practitioners belonging to various unions in the OR Tambo region are threatening to down tools over a crisis caused by a “gross” shortage of staff and issues relating to study leave.  

Nurses belonging to the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa), the Public Servants Association of SA (PSA) and the Health and Other Services Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) said the Eastern Cape had a shortage of nurses to the point that enrolled nurses were taking risks running wards in the absence of registered nurses.  Yet, unions say that nurses are willing to engage with the provincial health department’s superintendent-general, Dr Thobile Mbengashe, before withdrawing their services.  A meeting has been arranged for her to meet with the union leaders on Thursday in East London.

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