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Denosa: Shortage of nurses to blame for lack of service delivery

Denosa says says sometimes one nurse will do the work of two or three other nurses.

FILE: A nurse washes her hands before treating a patient at a Pretoria hospital. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) says there is a huge shortage of nurses in South Africa and when service delivery is affected, nurses who are employed often have to take the blame.

The union was responding to the South African Nursing Council’s e-register system which they say is not functioning and delays the process of nurses obtaining their practicing licenses.

The union's Sibongiseni Delihlazo says sometimes one nurse will do the work of two or three other nurses.

“Most of the time, nurses are the ones who are shouldering the blame as a result of shortage. Many nurses do the work of two or three more nurses who are not hired.”

Delihlazo says the result of this shortage prevents currently employed nurses from studying further.

“If you’re not given that opportunity by your manager just because the manager is scared that once you leave, no one will be there [to take your place].”

The union says nurses in the public sector are being treated unfairly by the council.