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Thousands of EC nurses in limbo as registrations fees are not paid by Government

Denosa


More than 20 000 nurses in the Eastern Cape could potentially not be able to work and practise as nurses next year because the provincial health department had “failed to pay” their annual registration fees.

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa said the payment of registration fees for nurses is prescribed by the SA Nursing Council.

Denosa Eastern Cape spokesperson, Khaya Sodidi said, “the memorandum issued by the department, dated 14 December, is noted with disappointment and “a failure of the department in implementing a straight-forward collective agreement.”

He said Denosa has been raising its concern about the “undermining” of collective agreements, which said appear to be under attack.

"The non-payment of SANC Annual License Fees is one of the failures of the department towards nurses. This is a sign of total disregard and not caring about nurses."

Sodidi said that all government employees, except nurses, received their back pay of non-pensionable allowance in September.

“We are calling for consequence management for those who have been found sleeping on duty. We welcome the promise made by the Head of Department, Dr Rolene Wagner that those who are responsible for this will be held accountable,” he said.

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