08 April 2021
Pretoria – Gauteng MEC for Health, Doctor Nomathemba Mokgethi on Wednesday commended Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital management for its handling of employee absenteeism and absconment which has skyrocketed at the medical institution, Kwara Kekana, spokesperson for Gauteng MEC for Health said.
The management at the facility regularly undertakes workshops and code of conduct, orientation and training sessions, on – leave utilisation and management.
Kekana said the MEC views the issue of absenteeism or abscornment in a serious light as it has a ripple effect on service delivery.
“When an employee does not report for duty at the facility, the facility is not able to maintain appropriate and acceptable required service delivery standards. This compromises service norms and standards for the entire department,” Kekana said.
Kekana added that the MEC is pleased and encouraged to see how the management has enforced all the tools at its disposal to ensure that regular orientation workshops and awareness campaigns are undertaken.
“When looking at the year 2020 Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital recorded ninety- eight employees for absenteeism or absconment out of a total staff compliment of six thousand and forty eight. Out of ninety- eight employees, eighty- six took unauthorised leave, while twelve of those employees simply absconded,” she explained.
“ Most of those absentees were in the support staff category, with cleaners, porters and food service aid, with forty one absenteeism. The nursing component had 28 absentees out of a nursing staff compliment of three thousand and forty eight.”
The administration staff which includes HR, finance, transport, communications amongst others, reported 12 absentees out of 714 employees. Other units recorded absentees below two digit figures.
According to Wikipedia, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, is a hospital in Johannesburg and it is the largest hospital in Africa and the third largest hospital in the world.
The medical facility has 6,760 staff members, 3,400 beds and occupies 70 hectares (170 acres) of land. The hospital is located in the Soweto area south of Johannesburg.