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denosa thumb medium60 92The Mercury reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) has threatened to take the KwaZulu-Natal health department to court for not permanently employing about 190 nurses after four years of training, including community service.  

Mandla Shabangu, Denosa provincial secretary, said the department had this year not hired a single fully qualified nurse, despite the dire shortage of nurses in health facilities around the province.  Shabangu indicated that normally trainee nurses entered into an agreement with the department stipulating that they would be employed, once their training was completed, for a period equal to the time they spent training.  According to Shabangu, the department informed the nurses at the last minute that they were not going to be employed.  The union has given the department until 11 January to make its intention known.  An alternative to employing the nurses, claimed Shabangu, was for the department to release the nurses from their obligation to pay the department for funding their studies.  A KZN health department spokesperson said the department has not employed the nurses because they were identifying vacant and funded posts.

  • Read more of this 8 January 2019 report in The Mercury by Karen Singh at SA Labour News

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