As South Africa’s health sector teeters on the verge of collapse, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is going to push for changes in the law that will allow the National Department of Health (NDoH) to intervene in provinces.
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?
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) has promised to bring health services in the entire North West province to a halt on Wednesday (16 May) if there was no progress in negotiations with government.
NORTH-WEST – While the ongoing health workers strike that has brought North West province hospitals to a standtill has not officially ended, union members have agreed to a “cooling off” period that will see skeleton staff reporting for duty from Thursday.
NORTH WEST – Doctors reporting for duty at Tshepong Hospital in North West on Thursday morning had to be escorted into the facility by police after striking workers blockaded the premises, turning patients and workers way.