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nursing thumb medium90 93TimesLIVE reports that nurses affiliated to the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) are expected to down tools on Wednesday in support of the Cosatu-led industrial action against job losses.  

The union said in a statement that implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI) in achievement of universal health coverage (UHC) “will not be realised anytime soon if community service nurses are not employed as soon as they are qualified and nurses who retire or resign do not get replaced for years, as is often the case."  The union went on to state that UHC in the country “will never be realised if provincial governments continue to withhold filling of vacant positions for nurses.  This is because, by its nature, the healthcare system is largely driven by nurses.  If the numbers that are employed are still below the levels as indicated in organograms of health facilities, then the quality healthcare service will continue to suffer severely."  Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said the central message of Wednesday’s strike was to highlight the fight against job losses in the public and private sectors.  He said thousands of workers were expected to strike.

  • Read the original of this report by Naledi Shange in full at TimesLIVE
  • See too, These are the cities Cosatu will be ‘shutting down’ this morning, at The Citizen

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