Nurses call off strike at Pelonomi Hospital

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Nurses at Pelonomi Hospital’s maternity ward in Bloemfontein have agreed to end a two-day unprotected strike. It’s the second time in three weeks they’ve refused to work because of acute staff shortages.

Over-worked nurses painted a dire situation at the Free State’s biggest hospital. They treat about 700 patients a month.
And as a result, often work long and irregular hours.

The Free State Health Department says nurses have jumped the gun as the recruitment process is underway, and 13 nurses are to be employed immediately.

The department says the nurses’ concerns will be resolved by Thursday. Action will be taken against those who took part in the unprotected strike.