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Accelerate Transformation Of Nurses Fraternity To Advance Primary Healthcare

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National Nurses Seminar

NEHAWU will be hosting a nurse’s seminar on the 13-14 November 2018 in Johannesburg followed by the launch of its 1st Edition of Nurses Magazine. The aim of the seminar is to sharply look at the condition nurses work under as primary caregivers, the role of nurses in the NHI and the transformation of the nursing fraternity. We will also zoom into the closure of vacancies in key sites of the delivery of public services such as hospitals and clinics where the already under-staffed nursing cadre is forced to do the work of the cleaners and potters in addition to their already huge responsibilities that they carry in their duties.


While we recognise that despite the current austerity measures implemented on public spending, increases in social spending in general have not been reversed and this includes post-schooling. Whilst we welcome the fact that the growth of this allocation is higher than inflation, which hopefully would be able to meet the total demand and requirements of poor and working-class students in the MTBPS period, the union will continue to engage with the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, to ensure that NSFAS improves its operations so as not to disadvantage poor and working-class students, as has occurred this year and other previous years. In this regard, we will continue to vigilantly fight corruption working with our NSFAS branch and SASCO.

NEHAWU To Convene A Nurses Seminar On The 13th And 14th November 2018

Thursday November 08, 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] will convene a nurse’s seminar under the theme “Accelerate transformation of nurses’ fraternity to advance primary health care”. The seminar will be convened in Johannesburg on the 13th and 14th November 2018.


The aim of the seminar is to look at the conditions within which nurses work under as primary caregivers, the role of nurses in the roll-out of the National Health Insurance [NHI] at the critical point of medical care and the transformation of the nursing fraternity. We will also zoom into the closure of vacancies in key sites of the delivery of public services such as hospitals and clinics where the already under-staffed nursing cadre is forced to do the work of the cleaners and porters in addition to their already huge responsibilities that they have to perform.


On the 2nd day of the seminar we will outline a clear programme of action which will contribute to the transformation of the health sector as part of the more radical phase of our transition.

The following are the goals we want to achieve by convening this seminar:


• to draft social compact for nurses.
• to develop an implementation plan which will focus on how the nursing profession will enable changes in health outcomes.
• improving the quality of healthcare with special focus on training, management and development of nurses.
• improve working conditions and ensure that we adequately respond to service delivery requirements


The Minister of Health, COSATU President, World Health Organisation [WHO] and the South African Nursing Council [SANC] will be addressing the seminar including other distinguished guests.


The nurses’ seminar will be followed by a historical launch of our 1st Edition of Nurses Magazine to be held in Johannesburg on the 15th November 2018.


Details of the seminar:
Date: 13th – 14th November 2018
Time: 10am
Venue: Protea Hotel Parktonian, 120 De Korte St, Wanderers View Estate, Johannesburg


Details of the magazine launch: Date: 15th November 2018
Time: 10am
Venue: Protea Hotel Parktonian, 120 De Korte St, Wanderers View Estate, Johannesburg
Members of the media are invited to attend and to cover the seminar. Media houses and journalists interested in covering the seminar please RSVP with NEHAWU media liaison officer, Cde Khaya Xaba, at 082 455 2500 or email khaya@nehawu.org.za visit NEHAWU website at www.nehawu.org.za

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