21 January 2013

South Africa: New Hospital CEOs Will Need Leadership Skills and Support ? Denosa

Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would like to pledge its support to the newly appointed hospital CEOs and wishes them well, and hopes that their professional health background will serve as a silver lining given the current poor state of infrastructure in the country’s hospitals.

Also, given the country’s challenges in the health sector and the imminent implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI), any assessment of accounting officers in the country’s health facilities is a welcomed move, as it will ensure that CEOs have necessary qualifications and are fit for the tasks for which they were appointed.

“We welcome these appointments, and commit to working with them, as we are conscious that the health challenges need leadership skills at all levels, including nurses whom health will not be complete without,” says DENOSA president, Dorothy Matebeni.

DENOSA hopes the department’s new Academy of Health and Leadership Management will provide them with much-needed leadership and human resource capacity, especially to those who may have been reshuffled to other health institutions. This is because, while the process was not aimed at changing all CEOs even if they qualified, those who had the necessary qualifications were actually overwhelmed by problems in their hospitals due to lack of leadership skills, and are bound to experience the same problems in their new hospitals if they are not capacitated.

“The up-skilling of health professionals, especially those that support CEOs is equally crucial in our health system, so that managers and CEOs could complement each other in bringing about renewed and improved services to our people. In this regard, as DENOSA, we have our very own Leadership for Change programme which capacitates nurse managers in various health institutions so that they are able to confront the ever evolving profession,” said Matebeni.

For example, while there will be new CEOs at Frere, Chris Hani Baragwanath and Cecilia Makiwane hospitals, the new skills these CEOs will acquire from the Academy when they go through training will be complemented by the Leadership skills that some of the nurse managers at these hospitals have gone through and finished in November last year. And it will be the similar case with other health facilities as well, which will have a positive impact on the provision of quality healthcare in general.

We hope that the Department of Health will also assist the newly-appointed CEOs succeed by addressing the high vacancy rates at various health institutions, as this puts too much pressure on the already employed health professionals.

Issued by Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)

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