JOHANNESBURG: THE Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) has called on the government to close down fake nursing colleges flourishing across the country.
DENOSA President, Simon Hlungwani, made the call at this at the just ended National Congress at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg.
Although DENOSA admitted that there was serious shortage of nurses in the country, it called on South African Nursing Council (SANC), as a regulatory body for nursing and an accreditation institution, to close down the “bogus” nursing colleges.
Hlungwani said the “bogus” colleges were negatively affecting the nursing profession, arguing that such mushrooming nursing colleges always produced “graduates” that were not “registerable” with the SANC.
Hlungwani, however, called on shortage of nurse educators and staff in the hospitals to be addressed with immediate effect saying the move was adversely affecting the nursing education and health services in the country.
“We are not prepared to tolerate the dysfunctional health services due to chronic shortage of staff and unfavourable working environment, ” Hlungwani said.
Meanwhile, DENOSA said they were in support of Congress of South African Trade Unions’ campaign in total ban of E-Tolls.
“The e-tolls would make Gauteng residents poorer, ” said Hlungwani.
DENOSA also called for NUMSA to be reinstated back to COSATU saying the move would help leaders plan effectively to reach the 4 million membership target before the end of 2015.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY