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.
As the country heads to the polls, some South Africans have mixed feelings about service delivery and the quality of health services in their communities. Health-e asked Mpumalanga residents what they thought about the province’s public clinics and hospitals.
“No jobs, no vote,” shouted unemployed nurses who marched to O.R Tambo Health sub-district offices in Lusikisiki last week. The unhappy nurses sang, carried placards and handed over a memorandum demanding that the Eastern Cape Department of Health employ them in the Ingquza Hill municipality.
Embattled hospitals across the Eastern Cape – where health services have been shoddy and people reliant on state healthcare have been driven to protest action – will be receiving a welcome boost in resources.