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denosa thumb medium60 92News24 reports that according to the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa), if nurses' salaries do not increase and if their working conditions do not drastically improve, SA’s healthcare system will fail.  

In an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday, Denosa’s president, Simon Hlungwani, detailed how nurses had worked hard during the Covid-19 pandemic with little reward.  He pointed out that the salary increase for public servants for the 2020/2021 financial year should have been paid on 1 April 2020 in line with the collective agreement signed by government and labour representatives in May 2018.  Hlungwani claimed there were "endless delaying tactics by government" in defying paying public servants their salary adjustment and lamented that workers had unsuccessfully tried their utmost to address their concerns through the usual channels.  He elaborated as follows:  "The collective bargaining platform is the only way that nurses can get their bread and butter issues addressed.  But the technical route this platform has taken recently, often because of government representatives, no longer inspires confidence that it will resolve this urgent matter."  Hlungwani added that there was a shortage of human resources, leaving staff working on skeleton levels at "the time when we have longer queues in facilities".  He pointed out:  "The direct translation of this, Mr President, is a severely compromised quality healthcare service for patients."

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Kaveel Singh at News24

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