Call to reinstate fired nurses

SAPA, February 16, 2007 Johannesburg - KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni has been asked to reinstate 700 nurses fired after taking part in an unprotected strike last month over payment of special and scarce skills allowances backdated to July 2003. The call was made by the KwaZulu-Natal nurses' committee, reported the SABC news. The provincial health department has denied that the dismissals have caused a critical shortage of nurses in some of the nine hospital affected. Nkonyeni said student nurses had been recruited. ... Call