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free stateNews24 reports that the strike at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein has come to an end after nurses and hospital staff downed tools on Tuesday morning over staff shortages.  

They were reportedly calling on the health department to intervene to ensure more workers were hired in the maternity ward.  They agreed to return to work after the Free State health department and unions reached an agreement at a meeting that included representatives from Nehawu, Denosa, the PSA and Hospersa.  

Free State health MEC Montsheng Tsiu and head of department David Motau assured unions that the department had managed to reprioritise its budget to enable 13 maternity nurses to be employed.  Mvambi said the department had also received permission from Treasury and the Free State premier to gradually employ about 91 nurses to strengthen the hospital's maternity ward.  Meanwhile, 20 nurses would be temporarily employed to strengthen services in the maternity ward.  There was also agreement that overtime incentives would be paid within 30 days from the date of submitting necessary documents.  

Meanwhile, the hospital's kitchen staff delayed dishing out food as they were demanding that the department should insource them.

  • Read this report by Sesona Ngqakamba in full at News24

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