“Eastern Cape Department of Health would like to sincerely apologise to the communities that have been affected by the illegal closure of some health facilities in the Nelson Mandela Bay region. Workers are demanding that the department address staff shortages something that the department is doing for the current financial year. More than R700 million has been budgeted to feel more than 2 700 vacancies throughout the province. We are calling on the workers to end the unprotected strike action and allow recruitment processes to unfold.”
Health services have been disrupted at some facilities in the Nelson Mandela Bay region in the Eastern Cape on Saturday. This comes as workers go on an unprotected strike.
Some healthcare facilities in the region have been impacted. According to the provincial health department, the strike began at the Motherwell Community Health Centre, where employees are protesting, among other things, staff shortages.
The department says more than R700 million has been budgeted to fill in the vacant posts in this financial year. Departmental spokesperson Mkhululi Ndamase has condemned the intimidation of non-striking workers.