CARRYING placards saying “Dhlomo must fall”, KwaZulu-Natal nurses marched to the Natalia building from Alexandra Park last Thursday where they submitted their memorandum of demands.
THE NURSES DEMANDED THE FOLLOWING
• More nurses must be hired by the Department of Health.
• Withdrawal of the new policy demanding nurses pay restoration fees as it was not explained what the money is used for.
• South African Nursing Council (SANC) fees must not increase until nurses are informed what it is for.
• SANC must give accreditation to Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges so that nurses can also benefit from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas).
The nurses accused Department of Health MEC Dr Sbongiseni Dhlomo for neglecting their demands and the problems they face on a daily basis at work. They have vowed to engage into a strike if their demands are not met.
Bheki Gumbi from the Nurses Forum in KwaZulu-Natal said they want KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu to set up a meeting with them (the nurses) to discuss a way forward on how he is going to deal with Dhlomo.
“The department does not want to hire nurses although it knows that we are short staffed. Three nurses are forced to take care of 50 patients in a ward because there are no nurses to work in hospitals.
“We can not even go and further our studies because the Department of Health asks us who is going to work if we take leave.
“We heard that there is research that was done which reveals that there are 46 000 vacancies in the department for nurses, but the department still does not want to hire them. Why?” he asked.
Gumbi said they have seen that Dhlomo is against the nurses and that is why they want him out. He said Dhlomo always portrays them as bad people in the public while they are doing the best for his department.
“If they do not remove Dhlomo as the MEC we will go and sit at parliament until he is fired. We are giving the department one month to respond to our demands or we will engage in a protest. They must remember that if we engage in a protest people in hospitals will die. After a month we will come back to demand our answers and we will not leave until we have received them,” he said.
The nurses also threatened to expose everything that is happening within the department .
Head of department Dr Musa Gumede accepted the memorandum and promised that the department will look into the demands and respond.
The department does not want to hire nurses although it knows that we are short staffed. Three nurses are forced to take care of 50
patients in a ward because there are no nurses to work
in hospitals. We can not
even go and further our
studies because the Department of Health asks us
who is going to work if we take leave.
A letter to the prime minister from leading health think tanks is the latest plea for a rethink on visa rules that have affected NHS recruitment from outside the European Union. They argue that the NHS workforce is “facing a crisis” with shortages of key staff.
The chief executives of the King’s Fund, the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation have come together to make a joint submission to Downing Street ahead of the much-anticipated long-term plan for the NHS promised by Theresa May.
A policy aimed at limiting the number of skilled workers from outside the EU has been criticised by employers. An annual cap of 20,700 has led to thousands of workers, including NHS staff, being denied visas.
The BBC revealed that visas for 100 Indian doctors had been refused. They had been offered short-term contracts as part of a long-running scheme in the north-west of England that provides junior doctors to more than 20 NHS trusts.
Another BBC investigation showed that genetic counsellors, who identify people at risk of hereditary cancer and other serious conditions, were being turned down for visas even though there were workforce shortages.
The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has said he will review the visa system for skilled workers, after lobbying by some cabinet ministers. He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme he was aware of the difficulties with NHS recruitment.
“I see the problem with that. It is something I’m taking a fresh look at,” he said.
The think tanks’ joint letter says there are “worrying shortages of nurses, GPs and hospital doctors”. It adds: “There is no option but to recruit more staff from overseas and to relax controls on visas.
“Nurses and some other health professionals, like radiographers, are on a shortage-occupation list, which means they are given priority in allocation of visas.
“But most doctors are not. And there has been a campaign by health employers to put all medical jobs on the shortage list or to take all NHS jobs temporarily out of the visa system.”
The think tank Global Future has produced analysis looking at the extent to which the NHS relies on overseas workers.
- In the NHS in England, which employs about 1.2 million people in total, one in eight of those staff who have a known nationality – 12.5% – are from overseas
- NHS staff in clinical roles are much more likely to come from abroad. About a quarter of doctors and 16% of nurses and health visitors are from overseas
- Up to 45% of staff in some vital NHS specialties, including cardio-thoracic surgeons, paediatric cardiologists and neurosurgeons, are from outside the UK
Longer term, the lobbyists say, there needs to be a 10-year workforce strategy. And this must be given top priority and go “hand-in-hand” with the new funding settlement. They also call for real-terms funding increases of 4% per year. Anything less, they say, will compromise patient care and delay critical repairs to hospital buildings.
NHS leaders, in what looks like a planned campaign, have united behind the 4% per year figure. They fear that anything closer to 3%, which ministers may want to trumpet as a significant boost to NHS finances, won’t allow any improvement to current shortcomings in the system, such as rising waiting lists.
They are up against the Treasury, which has wider issues to deal with in the public finances.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies has noted that making a chunky new investment in the NHS will have to be accommodated in the government’s plan to balance the books by the mid-2020s.
“Unless it is able and willing to implement tax rises or further cuts to the social security budget over the rest of this Parliament, it is hard to see how a significant injection of additional cash into the NHS would be consistent with the government’s stated fiscal objective,” it says.
The uncertainty over the path of the economy and future borrowing requirements, adds the IFS, will make the Treasury even more cautious.
Expectation around the government’s long-term NHS funding plan has been growing by the day.
And now added to the calls for higher year-on-year spending are the demands for changes to immigration rules for health workers. That’s a lot for Theresa May to think about.
The Japanese Embassy in Jakarta has sent 329 Indonesians to work as medical workers and elderly nurses in Japan, Monday, June 4. This is the 11th group of medical workers and nurses from Indonesia to Japan.
BNP2TKI deputy for placement, Teguh Hendro Cahyono, said the program is a part of the Indonesa-Japan economic partnership corridor that has been established since 2008. Through the agreement, Indonesians can apply for jobs in Japan.
The number of medical workers departing to Japan increases each year; showing high enthusiasm for Indonesians to work in Japan—mainly due to the high salaries offered.
“The salary at where I will be working is ¥175,000 or around Rp21 million,” Rian Setiawan (23), who was leaving to work in an elderly care center in Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa prefecture, told Tempo on June 4.
Prior to their departure, the candidates were given Japanese language course for six months in Jakarta. Their flight tickets are paid by the Japanese government.
Some Jamaican nurses will be going to China and the United Kingdom to complete their training, according to Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton.
Tufton made the announcement on Tuesday while making his contribution to the 2018/2019 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.
He noted that the expansion of nurses’ training in Jamaica, particularly for advanced critical care nurses, is being hampered by a lack of resources.
The Health Minister reminded that he had told the House a year ago that Jamaican nurses are internationally demanded, in short supply and that as a country “we were restricted by the lack of clinical capacity, in particular to train more in Jamaica.”
Tufton noted that, in terms of theory, Jamaican nurses are well rounded, but there was a lack of hospital beds to train. The Health Minister said the Government took this challenge to its international partners and, following negotiations, has signed two bilateral agreements with China and the United Kingdom aimed at addressing the problems.
“We will see Jamaican nurses trained for a part of their advanced training in Jamaica and then go to Chinese and UK hospitals with their local tutors to complete their clinical rotation, a significant achievement that has never been achieved before,” Tufton said to applause.
He revealed that the first batch of nurses and their tutors will leave for China in July. The UK programme will commence in October with the first group leaving to the Leeds Teaching Hospital next April.
“In the first year, Mr Speaker, we will increase critical care nurses’ training by 100 per cent as a result of this new programme …it is something to celebrate,” Tufton told the House.
He also told the House that “the world is looking on and in fact we have been told by our partners that this may be a prototype for future training because one country cannot do it alone and there is a shortage of medically trained personnel globally, not just in Jamaica.”
The Health Minister expressed thanks to the two countries, noting that it took “a lot of negotiations to get it done.”
The United Kingdom and China have answered the call by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton for bilateral partnership to boost the training of critical-care nurses. He had made the appeal in January 2017 at the World Health Organization’s summit in Switzerland.
“I am happy to announce, Mr Speaker, that a year on, we have signed not one, but two, bilateral agreements with our partners – China and United Kingdom (UK) – where our Jamaican nurses will train for a part of their advanced training here in Jamaica and then go on to Chinese and UK hospitals with their local tutors to complete their clinical rotation, Mr Speaker,” Tufton told the House while making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate yesterday.
He noted that, currently, Jamaica did not have sufficient hospital space to provide practical training.
Eighteen nurses are scheduled to depart for China next month, along with five tutors, and the minister said that the UK cohort would depart in October. According to Tufton, this programme would increase the training of critical-care nurses by 100 per cent.
“We have been told by our partners that this may be a prototype for future training, because one country cannot do it alone and there is a shortage of medically trained personnel globally, not just in Jamaica,” the health minister said.
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