Gauteng MEC for Health, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi, has commended the management of Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital for how it is managing employee absenteeism and abscondment.
Mokgethi said management regularly undertakes workshops on the code of conduct, orientation and training sessions on leave utilisation and management.
“In addition to that, there are sessions with organised labour to sensitise staff about the Public Service Code of Conduct that includes sections on leave of absence. The hospital management enforces disciplinary measures where necessary.
“We view the issue of absenteeism or abscondment in a serious light given that it has a ripple effect on service delivery. When an employee does not report for duty a facility is not able to maintain appropriate and acceptable required service delivery standards. This compromises service norms and standards of the entire department,” explained Mokgethi.
“One is encouraged to see that hospital management enforces all tools at its disposal to ensure that regular orientation workshops and awareness campaigns are undertaken,” she said.
Mokgethi's statement said for the year 2020 the Baragwanath hospital recorded 98 employees for absenteeism or abscondment out of the staff compliment of 6048. Of these 98 employees, 86 took unauthorised leave and 12 absconded.
Most of these absentees were in the support staff (cleaners, porters and food service aid) with 41 absenteeism.
The nursing component had 28 absentees out of the staff compliment of 3048 and administration staff (Human Resources, Finance, Transport, Communication, amongst others) reported 12 absentees out of 714 employees. Other units recorded absentees below the two-digit figures.