NEHAWU salutes the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi for fulfilling the mandate of the ANC and bringing to fruition the legislation of August 2011 which re-designated the hospitals in South Africa, by recently appointing 102 Chief Executive Officers of these hospitals.
As the biggest public sector union, NEHAWU is committed to working alongside Government to ensure that our members respond to the needs of the people of South Africa. We are committed to a responsive, caring and efficient public service.
We have noted that the CEOs will be receiving management training through the Academy of Health and Leadership Management.
Whilst we acknowledge the importance and value of training, NEHAWU believes it is essential that the management authority be decentralised and the administration devolved to the lowest levels.
We are in full support of the National Development Plans’ call for “Defining an appropriately specialised, more accountable operational management model for health service delivery, including revised roles and responsibilities”.
It is our contention that CEOs, no matter what skills and authority they may have, will not be able to turn around service delivery without adequate staffing of both health workers and the support staff.
Since 2007,we have consistently and vociferously called for the filling of all vacant posts throughout the health services both at national and provincial level.
It is disturbing to discover that the Western Cape Department of Health is currently unable to place a large number of its graduate nurses in full time employment due to lack of funds.
These nurses have been offered to other provinces that have also indicated that the funding is not available to fill nursing posts.
We are shocked by this and we expect the department to speedily rectify this anomaly and also speed up the process of re-opening the 106 nursing identified colleges.
We call on the Minister of Finance to make additional funding available for the filling of posts when he presents his budget in February so that the groundbreaking appointment of well trained enthusiastic CEOs does not become a damp squib.
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