30 January 2013

South Africa: EC Healthcare Workers? Payment Pleas Still Go Unnoticed-Denosa Eastern Cape

Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Eastern Cape would like to voice out its unhappiness and concern over the Provincial Department of Health’s lack of interest, to speedily resolve the non-payment of health workers at Amathole District, who are owed money that goes as far back as 2009.

And DENOSA EC appeals to National Department of Health to intervene urgently as the situation is getting out of hand.

This is despite the fact that the department was given R191 million by the provincial government last year to pay any overdue human resources-related money to current and former employees.

“Our major concern is that the health department may have become extremely numb and inconsiderate of the health workers’ demands of money which they are owed, which is rightfully theirs. And now the department keeps on changing the goal posts, which exacerbates the anger from health workers,” says Koliswa Tota, Provincial Secretary of DENOSA in the Eastern Cape.

DENOSA’s fear is that the workers’ demand might only be resolved when matters get out of hands, as their demonstration since Monday has fell on death ears. This may put into question whether the province has leadership to deal with this nagging issue which has been sitting in the throats of health workers for years.

This is due to their non-response to desperate calls from demoralized health workers from the more than 20 health facilities in the Amathole District who have not been paid their money despite the government transferring this money to the health department.

“This lack of efficiency will seriously incite the anger of nurses which is more likely to have seriously negative impact on the indigent patients who might not be cared for by health workers who don’t feel valued currently.And when things get out of hand, the focus will still be on the nurses’ lack of care despite their unsuccessful calls earlier, and not on who is the cause of unhappiness,” says Tota.

It is with this background that DENOSA calls for the intervention of the national department of health, before health start looking for jobs elsewhere.

Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)

For more information, contact:

Koliswa Tota, provincial secretary of DENOSA, Eastern Cape: 082 776 0963

Contact Sibongiseni Delihlazo, Communications Manager, DENOSA: 079 875 2663

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