Durban - Nursing union, Denosa, has expressed concern about the budget vote put forward by KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC, Nomagugu Simelane Zulu. Last week, the MEC delivered her maiden budget vote at the KZN Legislature.
According to Denosa provincial secretary, Mandla Shabangu, issues relating to the growing number of litigations, the safety of health workers, the failure of the National Health Insurance pilot projects and the failure to fill staff vacancies were of major concern to them.
"In our view, gross shortage of health workers contributes about 70% of the litigations that the department is faced with. We proposed to the department and asked them to fill vacant posts rather than pay lawyers exorbitant amounts," he said.
Shabangu said the safety of health workers in institutions was not taken care of, except for ambulances.
"We note this with concern because both nurses and patients are not safe in the health institutions. The recent incident at Ngwelezane Hospital where one patient killed another patient is a case in point that highlights the need to strengthen safety in the workplace," he said.