NEHAWU threatens to strike over safety concerns
The National Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) has threatened to go on strike if security is not improved in healthcare facilities around the country.
This comes after a patient was brutally murdered by two unknown suspects at Clairwood hospital in Durban.
According to KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, the “execution-style fatal shooting” happened in the male surgical ward.
“It is alleged that two unknown armed men stormed past hospital security guards and proceeded to locate the man in his bed, and shot him in the head at point blank range in full view of other patients and hospital staff,” said Simelane-Zulu.
This is however not the first incident to happen in a health care facility and the union has previously brought up the issue of tightening safety and security in public hospitals and clinics.
The union says they have been raising the issue with the Department of Health to no avail, adding that their members are dreading going to work because of frequent attacks.
Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xaba says there is an absence of proper security systems in health facilities.
“As Nehawu we are disappointed with the level of safety in our clinics and other health institutions. We call on our government to immediately intervene in the issues of safety in these institutions, failure to do so, we will be left with no option but to withdraw our labour power,” says Xaba