Province‘s nurses set to down tools

Melody Brandon, Weekend Post, April 19, 2008 “I always wanted to be a nurse. There was no other option for me and despite the difficulties I won‘t move to a private hospital, because the community needs us.” These words by a Port Elizabeth nurse reflect the dilemma faced by thousands of Eastern Cape nurses in state hospitals, who say they‘ll have no choice but to down tools next week if the Eastern Cape health department does not meet their demands. More than 500 nurses marched to the department‘s head office in Bhisho last Friday, demanding better pay and working conditions. ... Province