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netcareBusiness Times reports that hospital group Netcare plans to retrench over 500 employees as it seeks to cut costs following a failed offshore expansion and amid a tough economic environment in SA.  

Netcare’s Ramasela Mokonyama confirmed that notices had been issued to inform staff that the company would begin consultations on the "proposed structural review within its hospital division".  No nurses working in patient care have been included in the retrenchment process, which the company said was restricted to staff employed in other divisions.  Mokonyama indicated:  "516 Netcare employees received a letter informing them of the company's intention to review their conditions of employment, [but] the vast majority of employees will be consulted regarding proposed amendments to their current hours of work or current roles."  Kevin Halama of the Health & Other Services Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa), reacted:  "Netcare has consistently raked in millions of rands in SA's heavily monopolised private hospital industry, where it is the market leader.  The group's intentions to retrench employees will leave many families without breadwinners in a country where unemployment has reached alarming levels, and this we cannot allow."  The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) called Netcare's proposal premature, saying it had not explored alternatives to saving jobs.

  • Read Penelope Mashego’s report on this story in full at BL Premium (paywall access only)
  • Read Hospersa’s press statement in this regard at Hospersa News

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