Ground Up writes that a strike at the Motherwell Community Health Centre, Port Elizabeth, that started last Wednesday has escalated with nurses at all clinics in the township joining the strike. The medical staff accuse the provincial health department of putting their lives in danger after assaults by angry patients and criminals. They now want Premier Oscar Mabuyane, Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba and the Superintendent General Thobile Mbengashe to address them.
A meeting held on Monday by representatives of the MEC at the Motherwell Community Health Centre could not sway the striking workers as they demanded to be addressed by Mabuyane, Gomba and Mbengashe. A key demand is for security guards to be placed in consulting rooms. But the department’s communication head Siyanda Manana said the department will not allow this. “Patient confidentiality is paramount and we can not allow non-clinical staff in examination rooms,” said Manana. Manana said MEC Gomba would visit Port Elizabeth on Wednesday to assess the security arrangements and meet the community.
by Joseph Chirume