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.
NORTHERN CAPE – Nurses in the public health sector, faced with extreme situations beyond their control every day, are in need of counselling and debriefing sessions that are no longer provided for them.
A week after workers at the Monapo Hospital in Phuthaditjhaba, in Qwa Qwa in the Free State began their strike, healthworkers at other hospitals are joining the action – in a crisis that is set to bring the healthcare sector in the province to its knees.
Nursing is in crisis, with huge shortages, declining interest in the profession, lack of a caring ethos and an apparent disjuncture between nurses’ needs and those of the communities they serve.