DURBAN - The Democratic Alliance has urged KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu to heed the rising call of unions in the province to fire health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo without delay.
The appeal came after National Education, Health, and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) and the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) members marched this week over poor working conditions, including dire staff shortages, while also calling for the MEC to be axed.
Earlier this week, nurses from Osindisweni Hospital also marched over the MEC’s complete lack of leadership within the department, DA KwaZulu-Natal MPL Imran Keeka said on Sunday.
The DA had been fighting for Dhlomo to be axed for several years as the province reeled from an unprecedented oncology crisis, he said.
"During two recent oversight inspections as part of our #HospitalHealthCheck campaign, the DA witnessed first-hand just how badly nursing staff shortages are affecting patient care with long queues, no care in casualty wards, and various complaints of rudeness by nurses. There can be no doubt that many of these annoyances are the result of fatigued and burnt-out staff due to the reduced nurse to patient ratios.