However, a few days into the strike the support of DENOSA
and HOSPERSA became increasingly lukewarm and, in practice, ceased supporting the strike.
This first ICN Congress in Africa was co-hosted by the Democratic Nurses Organization of South Africa (DENOSA
), a voluntary organization for nurses and nursing based in South Africa.
believes that it is the constitutional right of all South African citizens to practice their profession where they would like to do so and nurses should therefore not be prohibited to leave the country.
The group--the Budget and Expenditure Monitoring Forum (BEMF)--includes the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa
), the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society and the AIDS Law Project.
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa, (DENOSA
) reported that angry patients are labelling its members as 'uncaring professionals that deprive patients of medication', and called for the Public Protector to urgently probe the drug stock-outs.
Locally, the main partners involved in the TB Partnership are the National Department of Health, the International Hospital Federation (IHF), the South African Medical Association (SAMA), the Democratic Nurses Association of South Africa (DENOSA
), Aspen Pharmacare, and Lilly.
This included the Health Workers Association (HWA) in the then Transvaal province, Health Workers Organisation (HWO) in Natal, Health Workers Society (HWS) in the Western Cape Province, National Medical and Dental Association (NAMDA), Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA
), Organisation of Associations of Social Services of South Africa (OASSA), National Progressive Primary Health Care Network (NPPHCN) and the Health Care Trust, among others.
She started work in Johannesburg as a midwife in 1946, going on to become, in the words of the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA
)'s tribute to her (see below), 'the benchmark of what nursing and leadership should be'.
If accepted by SAMA, which has a seat on the bargaining council only by courtesy of the Democratic Nursing Union of South Africa (DENOSA
), the supplementary hikes will be backdated to 1 April 2010.
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) said hospitals were understaffed, poorly equipped, under-resourced and overburdened while the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (DENOSA
) took 'exception' to nurses 'being depicted as murderers' whenever infant deaths took place.
This whole debacle illustrates the folly of downgrading an important profession and forcing them to enter the bargaining chamber in cahoots with others (NEHAWU and DENOSA
) because they lack the required numbers.
SAMA, with some 6 000 public sector doctor members, was only on the PHSDSBC courtesy of the Democratic Union of Nurses of South Africa (DENOSA
), which secured its OSD settlement followed by chaotic implementation much earlier.