LAB WORKERS STRIKE SET TO CRIPPLE OPERATIONS AT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS
By: Sihle Makhowana
Primary health care at government hospitals and clinics could be faced with a disaster if the 5400 laboratory workers embark on a strike this week.
The lab workers strike is set to cripple operations at government hospitals, delaying the usual turnaround time for result between doctors and patients, and putting in danger the lives of
“If the lab workers do go on strike we would face major difficulty in the hospital.
It will almost be impossible to do the daily business because we rely on them a lot,” said Bongani Mthembu, a male nurse from St Mary’s Hospital
Nonhlanhla Mbatha, a TB patient said, “It is so sad that we as patients have to suffer in times like these, if this strike does go through I don’t know where I will get my medication as I am due
for collection next week.”
Workers have threatened to go on strike following unsuccessful wage negotiations between unions.
Nobuhle Ngcamu, a nurse from St Mary’s Hospital, said that there have not been any disruptions in receiving test results and Lab workers are present at work.
“We hope that the union and the service resolve this matter as soon as possible because people’s lives are at stake,” said Ngcamu.
Efforts to get comments from the union Nehawu were not successful.