Denosa suspends nurses’ sit-in amid health department talks

The Democratic Nursing Organization of South Africa (DENOSA) has announced the postponement of the planned sit-in of more than 200 unemployed nurses in the North West Province.

Denosa planned to stage a sit-in to force the province’s Ministry of Health to hire the unemployed nurse.

The postponement of the sit-in comes after the union met with the Ministry of Health to discuss a solution to the issue.

Denosa, says the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) has asked for until Friday to look at ways to meet the union’s demands to hire nurses.

“At the meeting, the department allocated the sum of R100 million to the health sector for nurse appointments following concurrence assessments between the health sector and the Ministry of Finance,” said Denosa North West Student Movement provincial secretary Mothusi Lebatle.

Lebatle added that the MEC has agreed that the administration will handle the advertisement for the nurses who completed their community service between January and June 2024.

“In addition, the MEC agreed that those who attended school while working for the department (they are called RPLs) should not be included in the interviews. However, the competency assessment process will be between the employer and the RPLs.”

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