With phase two of the vaccination programme already underway, many healthcare workers remain unvaccinated. The Democratic Nurses Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) in Limpopo demand that the provincial government prioritise the vaccination of front-line nurses.
The Limpopo Department of Health says a strike planned for 8 March is unprotected. Workers who participate could face disciplinary action. But health workers from seven unions refuse to budge on a dispute over working hours.
The Gauteng Department of Health is trying to fill more than a dozen senior management positions in hospitals across the province. The vacancies come after several managers were removed due to issues including corruption and mismanagement.
The Department of Health is facing claims amounting to over R20 billion. But with fraudulent claims, it is patients who are paying the ultimate price when much-needed funds are diverted to these bogus allegations.
While health facilities say there are staff shortages, many qualified nurses and community service workers remain unemployed. Unions say these professionals should be absorbed into the department.
Patients have died as a result of the recent strike in North West. Doctors and nurses were also chased out of operating theatres and wards by strikers. How can patients and health workers be protected from becoming victims of a fight that is aimed an employer?