Health plans get thumbs up

2012-02-10 20:00

Johannesburg - Government plans to refurbish hospitals and nurses' homes was welcomed by nursing union Denosa on Friday.

"It is in line with our call to fix our health facilities in preparation to the successful roll out of the all-important National Health Insurance," Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA president Dorothy Matebeni said.

However, Matebeni said she was concerned that President Jacob Zuma was not specific in his state-of-the-nation speech on Thursday on some fundamental issues confronting the country's health system.

"We would have liked to hear the president addressing the chronic issue of filling vacant posts in health and its support stuff," she said.

Matebeni said Zuma's proposed housing subsidy of up to R83 000, to be received by workers who earn between R3 000 and R15 000, was encouraging.

Zuma said a R1bn fund will be rolled out in April to assist those people who do not qualify for both RDP houses and bonds.

"This is revolutionary as nurses in particular fall into this category. We hope that this progressive decision will be implemented..." said Matebeni.

She applauded the strong emphasis on infrastructural development, saying it would stimulate economic growth in the country.

"The focus on improving the state of provinces and rural development is heartening as in itself will create job opportunities for our people."

Matebele was also pleased with success of HIV/Aids programmes and efforts in preventing mother-to-child transmission.

She said the union was committed to working together with government and other sectors to take the country forward.

  • ISO - 2012-02-10 20:19

    Its very good and important for NHI to be implemented, just hope the service will improve; people need to take more pride in their work!

      Mike - 2012-02-10 21:20

      "Zuma said...", "Zuma proposed...." Can Denosa please tell SA in six months time whether it ever materialised?

      John - 2012-02-10 21:38

      Who was the mentally challenged twit that spend money on EMPTY STADIUMS and Bribery and Corruption deals for the ANC gangsters and their children? Instead of fixing the HOSPITALS? Who was the mentally challenged twit that spend money on SUBMARINES, CORVETTES and FIGHTER PLANES and Bribery and Corruption deals for the ANC gangsters and their children? Instead of fixing the HOSPITALS?

      Sharon - 2012-02-10 22:25

      Our poor finance minister must be having sleepless nights worrying how he is going to juggle the budget to pay for all of this

  • Alex - 2012-02-10 20:19

    O Boy, we in for more drama!

  • Ben - 2012-02-10 20:22

    If it involves tenders I hope that the full amount allocated will be used for improvements.

      marius.marks - 2012-02-10 21:08

      High hopes......

  • march54 - 2012-02-10 20:30

    Hope that the process of allocation of tenders is transparent and the areas refurbished in hospitals are patient care areas and NOT management offices. No word on reopening the closed Nurse Colleges.

  • Marius - 2012-02-10 20:44

    While upgrading and revamping the facilities, can we maybe do that with the staff as well?

      march54 - 2012-02-10 21:31

      As long as the standard of basic education is as low as it is the standard of graduates will remain. Mutual respect by patients and care givers is required. Whilst nurses are at work looking after you they are worried if their families are safe (lack of visible Policing).they are worried as more often than not there is more month than salary in the bank so they take on agency work to make ends meet and my be working 7 x 12 hour shifts a week. I have worked as a Registered Nurse since 1975 and very few times have I ever been thanked by a patient or their family for my professional care but I still give my best every day I am at work. Nurses have a very raw deal we work all the public holidays, spend special family occasions looking after your relatives. We are at risk whilst travelling on public transport in our uniforms especially on pay day. Neighbours call for our opinions at all hours. I spend 2 weeks of every month on standby for emergencies often leaving my family in the middle of a meal to go back to work. But I still love what I do. Upgrade me, no you need to have insight into how much I and other nurses have sacrificed to help you and your family.

      Swapie - 2012-02-11 15:39

      Point taken march. Upgrading and revamping to me means not replacing. Refresher courses are the way.

  • Paul - 2012-02-10 20:55

    Accountabiity and management thereof is so low on the ANC scoreboard this suggestion by Zooma is somewhat of a joke.

  • Anna-Maria - 2012-02-10 21:32

    It does not matter how many changes the government tries to implement, but if the nursing staff and their services are not able to be accountable and they do not have a sense of discipline and responsibilty, then these plans are also doomed for disaster. The change must begin with the staff themselves. One does not have to have everything new and the best of the best to run an efficient service.

      march54 - 2012-02-10 21:48

      About NURSES: Somebody asked, "You're a nurse? That's cool, I wanted to do that when I was a kid. How much do you make?" I replied: "HOW MUCH DO I MAKE? ... I can make holding your hand seem like the most important thing in the world when you're scared. I can make your child breathe when they stop. I can help your father survive a heart attack. I can make myself get up at 5AM to make sure your mother has the medicine she needs to live. I work all day to save the lives of strangers. I make my family wait for dinner until I know your family member is taken care of. I make myself skip lunch so that I can make sure that everything I did for your wife today is charted. I make myself work weekends and holidays because people don't just get sick Monday thru Friday. Today, I might save your life. How much do I make? All I know is, I make a difference.". And you want me to be more accountable ? Do you make a difference ?

  • Irene - 2012-02-10 21:47

    Complete was of money. What needs to change is the attitudes of all the AA employees. Refurbish hospitals all you want but until the attitude changes, it's nothing but a waste. Same with teachers - build all the schools you want but without having decent teachers, it's nothing but a joke.

      bradleybrits - 2012-02-10 22:09

      This is 100% correct. The nurses I work with are trained at such a pathetic level. They nurses of old are still worth their salt but those out in circulation since the 1990's are a joke in terms of attitude, education, skills, knowlege and work ethic. I speak for the average public sector nurse. I'm sure there are the odd good one out their but that's the exception. What we need is to re-open colleges with training carried out by first world nurse drill sergeants to get the quality of staff issue sorted out.

      Hugo - 2012-02-11 13:48

      Agree with bradleybrits

  • Dave - 2012-02-10 22:08

    The proverb says " You can't make a sow's ear into a silk purse", but the ANC has made Bara from a Silk purse into a sows ear, WELL DONE ANC!!! VIVA CADRE DEPLOYMENT,VIVA TELL THIS TO ALL THE RELATIVES WHO HAVE LOST THEIR CHILDREN AND LOVED ONES. VIVA CADRE

  • Wesley - 2012-02-11 05:54

    This is a goverment plan, if they plan it does not happen

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