Salary disputes, staff and PPE shortages: Healthcare worker unions explain their Covid-19 concerns

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize this week confirmed that by June 16, 3 583 healthcare workers had tested positive for Covid-19, and 34 had succumbed to the virus. Picture: Yves Herman/Reuters
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize this week confirmed that by June 16, 3 583 healthcare workers had tested positive for Covid-19, and 34 had succumbed to the virus. Picture: Yves Herman/Reuters

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As South Africa’s Covid-19 coronavirus numbers continue to rise, long-simmering healthcare worker complaints are boiling over. Tiyese Jeranji spoke to trade union representatives from Hospersa, Denosa, Nehawu and YNITU about salary disputes, staff shortages, worker safety, psychological strain and access to personal protective equipment.

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