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Nursing body quits health professionals association

Striking Queen 'Mamohato Memorial Hospital nurses

March 27, 2021 3 min read

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THE Lesotho Nurses Association (LNA) has quit as a member of the Coalition of Health Professionals Associations (CHPA), citing unforeseen circumstances.

CHPA says although LNA’s letter received on Wednesday stated no clear reasons for the withdrawal, the association however suspects the move was brought about by the salary struggle by nurses at the Queen ’Mamohato Memorial Hospital (QMMH), commonly known as Tšepong.
A press statement released by CHPA shows that prior to the struggle, it was highlighted by the Coalition that the next struggle would be on QMMH staff salaries.
It however, indicates that with regard to the above mentioned plan, the Coalition earlier this year noticed that LNA had among others decided to take forward the said plan on its own.

It says the Coalition and the Lesotho Workers Association (LeWA) later realised that the events taking place at Tšepong were affecting other members of the Coalition and LeWA, hence they decided to take action by petitioning the Minister of Labour and Employment.

The CHPA says the LNA and the main body seemed to progressively grow as was seen with LNA turning down at last minute the invitation to the briefing on how the press conference went and how the Coalition and LeWA were collaborating to tackle the Tšepong problem.  

It further shows that several attempts were turned down as LNA said this matter was for nurses only and as such, it wanted to handle it alone.
The statement notes that the Coalition in collaboration with LeWA wrote to the management of the hospital, requesting the withdrawal of adverts publicizing posts of the dismissed nurses.  

The Coalition also wanted the hospital to consider reinstating the dismissed nurses.

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“But the LNA in a meeting showed a huge dissatisfaction against the actions taken by the Coalition and LeWA against QMMH dispute. The LNA insisted that the only action it will appreciate is for the rest of the staff at QMMH to vacate their work place with immediate effect in support of nurses,” the statement further shows.
It therefore considers the decision taken by LNA as hasty and unfortunate.

Efforts to get a comment from the Secretary General of LNA were unsuccessful.
At least 245 nurses were dismissed from Tšepong a few weeks ago, after they went on a go-slow for salary increments.

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