Nehawu disturbed by bloodied beds report

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It was referring to The Sunday Times report that a private firm contracted to provide laundry services to East Londons Frere and Cecilia Makhiwane hospitals did not own a washing machine.

A media report claiming patients and newborn babies at two Eastern Cape hospitals slept on bloodied beds is deeply disturbing, says the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union said. Photo: Independent Newss

A media report claiming patients and newborn babies at two Eastern Cape hospitals slept on bloodied beds is deeply disturbing, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) said on Wednesday.

We have said time and time again that outsourcing services such as laundry is not only a waste of funds but (impacts) adversely on efficiency and quality, Democratic Nureastern cape health departmentsing Organisation of SA spokesperson Asanda Fongqo said. –

The age-old problem of outsourcing and privatisation coupled with the governments ilure to fill vacancies in the health department are at the centre of the problems that have engulfed the health sector, especially in the Eastern Cape.

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The union calls for an immediate intervention (by) the provincial and national health departments as the situation there is embarrassing, immoral and unacceptable, the union said in a statement.

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Most public institutions, hospitals in particular have suffered from years of under-budgeting and have chronic staff shortages resulting in excessive workload and public servants working in dilapidated, cold and unsafe buildings, many of them work without essential equipment and supplies.

On Monday nurses union Denosa also called for urgent employment ofNehawu disturbed by bloodied beds report full time support staff, including people responsible for providing laundry services to hospitals.

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