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nhlsDaily News reports that the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) on Tuesday moved to assure the nation that it was working on contingency plans to ensure that pathology services were provided despite a looming wage strike.  

Acting CE Shabir Madhi said they were fully aware of the possible negative impact a strike might have on the public healthcare system.  “NHLS management in various provinces will work with the provincial departments of health to minimise its impact,” he said.  This came as the health department convened a meeting on Tuesday to try and broker an agreement between the NHLS and the unions concerned on the wage issue.  The unions are demanding increases of between 7% and 13%, while the NHLS is offering 3%.  Some of the unions have already been granted a certificate to strike by the CCMA, but have yet to give notice to the NHLS.  The seriousness of the situation has prompted the Democratic Alliance (DA) to call on Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to intervene.   Negotiations are apparently still continuing.

  • Read this report by Mayibongwe Maqhina in full at Daily News

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