RNs - South Africa

Healthcare by numbers

Belinda Beresford, Mail & Guardian, January 14, 2008 Thousands of
South African nurses are doing it for themselves when it comes to
extending their skills and training - with the aid of locally developed
distance learning courses. The Perinatal Education Programme (PEP) was
set up in 1989 by Professor Dave Woods, then at the University of Cape
Town, and colleagues who wanted to improve the skills of healthcare
workers caring for pregnant women, mothers and infants. Successive
reports on maternal and infant care revealed rising mortality rates and
a high level of preventable child deaths, with lack of skills and
knowledge among healthcare workers a contributing factor. ... Healthcare

Nurses, state at odds over new pay deal

Tamar Kahn, Business Day, January 11, 2008

Cape Town - The government’s new pay deal for nurses has run into
trouble, with unions and the state at odds over how to interpret and
implement an agreement they signed last year.

Hospital managers are struggling to contain the anger of disappointed
nurses. Now the two biggest nurses’ unions, the Democratic Nursing
Organisation of SA (Denosa) and the National Education Health and
Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), have threatened to take industrial
action if the differences are not resolved.

Frere nurses renew strike threat

Piet Van Niekerk, Daily Dispatch, January 10, 2008 Nurses at Frere
Hospital reiterated their threat to strike or resign during a lunchtime
meeting yesterday in protest against the way Occupation Specific
Dispensation (OSD) payments are being made by the Bhisho government.
Some 50 nurses met in their lunch hour to receive feedback from the
Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa)
representative, Zodwa Gqirana. They said meetings with Frere Hospital’s
human resources (HR) department confirmed that the process of OSD
payments was not transparent and satisfactory. ... Frere

Nurses: We’ve had enough of Bhisho’s empty promises

“First they said by Christmas, now it’s March.” Piet Van Niekerk, Daily
Dispatch, January 9, 2008 State hospital nurses will not tolerate being
lied to by the government, and when they run out of patience they will
not hesitate to strike. This was the strong reaction yesterday by the
Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) to a statement
by the Eastern Cape Health Department, which said they had no reason to
be concerned over their outstanding Occupation Specific Dispensation
(OSD) payments. ... Nurses

TB hospitals need extra security, say nurses

Sapa, January 8, 2008 The department of health must intensify security
at all tuberculosis treatment centres and hospitals to control the
spread of infection, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South
Africa (Denosa) said on Tuesday. This follows the department of
health's announcement that about 118 Extreme Drug Resistant (XDR) and
Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) TB patients escaped from two hospitals in
the Eastern Cape last month. On Tuesday, seven TB patients were still
unaccounted for. ... TB

Frere nurses on brink of strike over payout delay

Admin problems with promised incentives “seem Frere-specific”. Piet Van
Niekerk, Daily Dispatch, January 5, 2008 The Bhisho government’s
failure to honour Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang’s promised
financial incentives brought Frere Hospital to the brink of a strike
yesterday. Several behind-the-scenes meetings were held during the day
to avert imminent industrial action, after some nurses got as little as
R12 out of a special Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) salary
increase announced by Tsabalala-Msimang in September. Nursing staff
eventually resolved to give hospital management seven days to resolve
the crisis. ... Frere

Pay present for senior nurses

Georgina Alexander, Business Day, December 18, 2007 Nurses can look
forward to a good Christmas season. Health Minister Manto
Tshabalala-Msimang said on Friday experienced nurses would receive
“further salary adjustments”. These will be in addition to the 7,5%
increases awarded in July, which were paid retrospectively. The nursing
profession is among those that have been experiencing a brain drain.
There is an international trend of recruiting in Africa, given the
worldwide effects of the skills shortage in the sector of health care.
... Pay

Nurses in the soup for benevolent act

Simon Nare, Sapa, December 11, 2007 The South African National Defence
Force (SANDF) yesterday confirmed that two nursing sisters were
arrested on allegations of fraud after treating a civilian woman
without authorisation. “I can confirm that two sisters at Thaba
Tshwane’s 1 Military Hospital were arrested on Friday on allegations of
fraud,” said SANDF spokesman Colonel Petrus Motlhabane. This after the
two nurses put a plaster of Paris on the broken hand of an injured
civilian worker at the hospital without permission. ... Nurses

SA no longer bleeding nurses

Xolani Xundu, The Times, November 22, 2007 Certain nurses serving in
specialist areas could receive up to 88% increases. The number of South
African nurses in the UK has been reduced by more than half since the
government intervened to halt the exodus of health professionals from
the country. The director-general of the health department, Thami
Mseleku, said yesterday the number of South African nurses registered
with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK had decreased by more
than 55percent, from 2114 in 2002 to 933 in 2005. This was due to an
agreement signed by the two countries in 2003. ... SA

Nurses 'struggle for registration'

Sapa, August 23, 2007 The SA Nursing Council was taking too long to
register nurses after they completed their training, the Democratic
Nurses Organisation (Denosa) claimed on Wednesday. Denosa spokesperson
Asanda Fongqo said a member in Limpopo finished training in July 2006
and was still not registered. The council said files had gone missing
and promised to come back to her. Other members had reported similar
experiences. ... Nurses

Nurses defend strike action

Taschica Pillay & Suthentira Govender, Sunday Times, July 21, 2007
Nursing unions have defended their 25-day strike action last month
which cost the government R25-million. On Friday, the department of
health said it spent about R1-million a day on the transfer of patients
from public to private hospitals. The department said it regretted
spending the millions as they were at an advanced stage of addressing
salary packages when unions announced the strike. Health minister Manto
Tshabalala-Msimang told the Sunday Times in Durban that the strike took
place when her department was at an advanced stage at looking at the
adjustment of salary packages of health professionals. ... Nurses

23 Percent Pay Rise for Nurses Unveiled

Mashudu Mukomafhedzi & Xolani Mbanjwa, Cape Argus, July 14, 2007
Cape Town - Nurses are in line for a substantial pay boost - they can
expect increases of between 20% and 23%, Health Minister Manto
Tshabalala-Msimang said yesterday. The minister made the announcement
at a meeting with provincial health MECs and hospital heads at the
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. In terms of the
proposed increases, which would be backdated to July 1,
"newly-qualified professional nurses will earn R96 750 yearly, R17 343
more than before". ... 23

Improved Salaries for Nurses to Boost Morale After Strike

Thapelo Sakoana, BuaNews (Tshwane), July 13, 2007 Pretoria -
Significant improvements in nurses' wages will help boost employee
morale in the public health sector - which is much needed to normalise
service delivery following the recent public service strike. Speaking
after meeting with chief executives of hospitals in the country Friday,
Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said the finalisation of the
Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) would further enhance the
state's ability to attract and retain skilled personnel. ... Improved

Proposal to increase nurses' salaries

Sapa, July 13, 2007 Proposals have been put on the table to improve
nurses' salaries by between 20 and 23 percent, Health Minister Manto
Tshabalala-Msimang announced on Friday. "Part of the proposal we have
presented to the discussions with the health unions is that entry level
salaries of nurses be increased by between 20 and 23 percent with
effect from July 1, 2007," she said. The minister was meeting with
hospital CEOs in Pretoria where these proposals would be discussed.
This means that newly qualified professional nurses would enter the
public health sector at a salary of R96 750 per annum - R17 343 more

Nurses protest in Joburg

Sapa, July 9, 2007 Nurses belonging to the SA Municipal Workers Union
(Samwu) will protest in Johannesburg on Monday over the removal of
primary health and emergency services from local to provincial
government. A meeting between the union and Gauteng health MEC Brian
Hlongwa is scheduled for 2 PM, said Samwu provincial secretary Samson
Keupilwe. Members of the union's Gauteng branch will demonstrate
outside the provincial government offices. ... Nurses

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