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kznlogo thumb100 ANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) premier Willies Mchunu to heed the rising call of unions in the province to fire health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo without delay.  

The appeal came after National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) and Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) members marched last week over poor working conditions and dire staff shortages, while also calling for the MEC to be axed.  Earlier in the week, nurses from Osindisweni Hospital marched about the MEC’s lack of leadership within the department, DA KwaZulu-Natal MPL Imran Keeka said on Sunday.  The DA had been fighting for Dhlomo to be axed for several years as the province reeled from an unprecedented oncology crisis, he pointed out.  Keeka said that during two recent oversight inspections, the DA had witnessed first-hand just how badly nursing staff shortages were affecting patient care “with long queues, no care in casualty wards, and various complaints of rudeness by nurses.”  “There can be no doubt that many of these annoyances are the result of fatigued and burnt-out staff due to the reduced nurse to patient ratios,” he observed  In a recent response to a parliamentary question, the premier revealed that there were a staggering 5,926 vacancies for critical posts, including nurses, doctors, and other personnel in the province.

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