Following a number of criminal incidents at public health
facilities in recent months where the lives of healthcare personnel and patients
were threatened, SAMA has requested its members to submit information about
these hospitals to the association.  This
follows a meeting between SAMA and the Public Health and Social Development
Sectoral Bargaining Council (PHSDSBC) where SAMA voiced its concern about
safety and security issues at public health facilities during which SAMA was tasked
with identifying hospitals in need of serious attention.

SAMA has asked its members to submit the information before
the 26th of April for investigation. The association says it will assist in
ensuring that audits are performed at these hospitals, and that all relevant
parties are able to provide remedies to deal with the situation. The criteria
to be developed at the next council meeting to deal with the situation will
then be communicated to SAMA members. This will include visits to hospitals by
the parties involved.

Branch leaders and other committees will be informed of
these visits ahead of time.

For further information on the above please contact Simon
Madini/Bertha Shabangu on 012 481 2000 or email