Denosa also called for action to be taken against the acting department head, Dr Musa Gumede.
The organisation was reacting to Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu’s recent report which found that the department had amassed R8.96billion in irregular expenditure in the 2017/18 financial year.
Makwetu also found that the department faced medical negligence lawsuits valued at R17.56bn in the year under review, while 62 department officials had failed to disclose their own interests or those of close family members, partners or associates in contracts entered into with the department.
“We’re disappointed because there are many challenges that lead to the creation of more problems for the department. When we ask the MEC to improve working conditions, we are told that there is no money. Half the amount spent on litigation could have improved the working conditions, which would then translate to fewer mistakes in the workplace,” said Denosa provincial organiser Mandla Shabangu.