Mandla Shabangu, Denosa provincial secretary, said this year the department has not hired a single fully qualified nurse. He said this was despite the dire shortage of nurses in health facilities around the province.
“Denosa in KZN will take the Provincial Department of Health to court over its failure to absorb nurses, who have completed their year of community service, into the full-time employment of the department as per the agreement,” he said.
Shabangu said, normally, trainee nurses enter into an agreement with the department that stipulates that they will be employed once the training is completed.
“The agreement states that after four years of training, which includes one year of community service, the nurses will be employed by the department for a time equal to the time they spent training,”he said.