Community healthcare workers are on the frontline in the battle against the covid-19 pandemic, yet in the Eastern Cape are still ‘volunteers’.
NEHAWU in the Eastern Cape says it will use a 21st of August strike by health workers to force the department to hire more staff.
Healthcare workers at Frere hospital in East London say that their working conditions have not changed since they last protested in June.
Healthcare workers at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane had to stage a silent protest for the hospital management to agree to decontaminate the hospital.
The coronavirus has exposed the ailing public health system and the inequalities between private and public healthcare.
Workers and unions continue to be on the defensive under covid-19 conditions as many employers are putting their profits ahead of workers’ health and safety.
Jobs at Khayelitsha District Hospital that were advertised via social media have been withdrawn.
Scores of Cape Town residents shared their views on the NHI as the public hearings on the draft bill to implement universal healthcare continue in the Western Cape.
Last week, Nehawu and other witnesses raised concerns about victimisation of staff and poor working conditions at the Khayelitsha District Hospital.
SASSA officials in Khayelitsha joined the nationwide strike calling for suspension of the biometric enrollment system.
The Portfolio on Committee on Higher Education and Training visited four institutions of higher learning this week to assess their readiness for 2018 academic year.