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DENOSA Mpumalanga’s take on the provincial cabinet reshuffle

20 February 2013

While Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Mpumalanga views as encouraging the move by the premier to reshuffle his executive and especially the appointment of Candice Mashego-Dlamini as the new MEC of health in the province, concerns over the instability of this department still remain.

While Mashego-Dlamini is not new in the executive, having served as the MEC of other departments in the province, DENOSA’s concern is that the minister will have to find her feet at the expense of time, which is a luxury the province cannot afford.

“We hope that the outstanding and urgent issues such as OSD, shortages of supplies and equipment as well as the shortage of staff will be the MEC’s top priority, because these are destroying the stability of health in this province,” said DENOSA’s provincial Secretary in Mpumalanga, Silence Matsane.

The issue of the OSD and the lack of appropriateness in its implementation have led to many nurses resigning and leaving for the private practice, rural clinics. Her intervention in this regard would signal a turning point to the current troubles faced by the health department in the province.

“There is general lack of positive practice environment (PPE) in the province, which is highly characterized by gross shortages of supplies of medicines to clinics and hospitals, and staff shortages. Hopefully she will intervene speedily over these issues of discomfort,” says Matsane.

Issued by Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)

For more information, contact:
Silence Matsane, DENOSA provincial secretary in Mpumalanga: 082 776 0979
Sibongiseni Delihlazo, Communications Manager, DENOSA: 079 875 2663

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