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Limpopo nurses declare dispute with health dept during surge in Covid-19 cases

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Hundreds of nurses and other healthcare workers in Limpopo are preparing for a protected strike over the unilateral implementation of a new duty roster system, which they say overburdens them in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two of the largest trade unions in the health sector – National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) and the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) – have already declared a dispute, and have since obtained a certificate from the public services bargaining council.

The matter was being exacerbated by the apparent statements by Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba that there no nurse s had contracted Covid-19 at the workplace, and that those who did or had died of the disease were on leave.

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