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By unknown | May 22, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Zinhle Mapumulo

Zinhle Mapumulo

The City of Johannesburg has threatened to take disciplinary action against nurses who continue to turn patients away from its clinics.

Municipal nurses stopped attending to the sick as part of their strike action. They embarked on a "go slow" early this month demanding a salary increase and better working conditions. The situation worsened last week when city clinics instructed patients to go to provincial clinics.

City of Johannesburg executive director Rafik Bismilla said yesterday: "The municipality has engaged all regional managers about the strike. They assured us that all clinics will resume operations this week.

"We have explained to them that we are not disputing the issue that municipal nurses are underpaid and overworked. Negotiations are under way to resolve the matter, but it will take time. All nurses should have been at work this week," Bismilla said.

He said the municipality might get a court interdict against all the striking nurses.

At present only immunisation and family planning services are being rendered to patients at municipal clinics.


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