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NEHAWU welcomes the Gauteng Premier`s decision

12 December 2012

NEHAWU welcomes the announcement by the Premier of Gauteng, Nomvula Mokonyane on the decision to assist the provincial department of health by appointing an administrator from within provincial treasury in order to strengthen the financial administration of the department.

We have noted over the past months that the department has been struggling in a number of areas in particular the payments to the National Health Laboratory Services and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

While we support the efforts to strengthen the financial side of the department and are not advocating an overall take-over of the department, we expect that labour related matters will also be addressed during this period.

NEHAWU as a key role player will engage the department of health in Gauteng to make sure that worker issues are addressed because we believe that as frontline workers our members are well located to identify weaknesses and obstacles that hinder patient care and obstruct quality services.

We will constructively work with the department in order to provide positive solutions to the current health crisis. We will also mobilise health workers in the province in order to petition that all outsourced services in the provincial health sector are "insourced" back to the public services.

It is obvious for all to see that workers that work for the contracted private companies in the health department are subjected to brutal and exploitative working conditions in the public service and are earning meagre salaries. Outsourcing is not just expensive but it is a myth that it is efficient in delivering services. There are also reports of increasing infections at hospitals due to lack of adequate infection control and patients having to take their own food and linen to hospital.

Issued by:
NEHAWU Secretariat Office

For further information, please contact: Sizwe Pamla (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 011 833 2902 - 082 558 5962 or email: sizwep@nehawu.org.za