17 new staff for hospital

Seventeen posts have been approved for Komani Hospital, with the new employees expected to start next month.

The outcome follows the recent employees’ strike, when among other things, they complained about staff shortages at the hospital.

The Rep reported, “Hospital staff down tools”, January 31, that employees had complained about the hospital being overcrowded, with a shortage of beds forcing some patients to sleep on mattresses on the floor.

The employees demanded that premier Oscar Mabuyane attend to their demands, saying department of health MEC Sindiswa Gomba had let them down.

The employees said Gomba had failed to deliver on her commitment to conduct an investigation into maladministration, employing staff, constructing a fence and renovating the dilapidated health facility.

Gomba had arranged a meeting with the hospital employees for February 18, which she later cancelled.

Instead, Nehawu’s regional acting secretary, Mvuyisi Siko, was asked to attend a provincial meeting, attended by all regions, to discuss issues within the department of health.

Siko said in the meeting in East London that Gomba had said the process for investigation on procurement had started, but the union was yet to see proof of that.

He said: “We are in contact with the national office in dealing with other issues with regard to working conditions at the hospital.

“We note that some movement has been made with regard to the issues raised by workers, but we are not satisfied at the pace at which the department is moving.

“We will have our regional executive meeting in the third week of March and a detailed report will be given to this constitutional structure of the union. We will then indicate a way forward.”

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