A STRIKE is brewing at the Nkhensani Hospital in Giyani, Limpopo, after fuming nurses yesterday went on a wildcat work stoppage but later abandoned the action since they had not followed proper procedures.
The nurses accused hospital management of not taking their concerns seriously.
They claimed that the maternity ward was understaffed and the nurses were overworked.
"We have lodged a complaint with the hospital management about the shortage of staff. Only two people are allocated to the ward while there are many pregnant patients who come to give birth," said a nurse who wanted to remain anonymous.
She sad they were worried that the staff shortages in the ward might result in the loss of lives, which could expose them to charges of negligence.
Joseph Nukeri, a workers' representative, said the workers were also unhappy with the corruption taking place at the institution.
He claimed that hospital chief executive Ernest Mboweni had employed his wife without advertising the post.
"We raised the matter with the Minister of Public Service and Administration Richard Baloyi," Nukeri said.
"But what is very sad is that we have not received a response on the matter."
He also claimed that management had rejected the workers' representatives elected by the workers because "they want people who are aligned with them so that they can continue with their corrupt practices".
"We are going to picket on Monday after following all legal procedures and we are expecting huge support from our people because everyone at the hospital is dissatisfied with what is happening," Nukeri said.
Provincial health and social development department spokesperson Roleta Lebelo, when approached for comment, promised to investigate the matter, but later her phone rang unanswered.