KZN MEC helps at hospital

2010-04-06 19:08

Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal hospital is struggling to provide adequate health services due to a dire shortage of doctors.

Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo on Monday and Tuesday spent hours helping the only three doctors at St Appolinaris Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal South Coast cope with the workload.

The department said the three permanent doctors had to do all the work day and night because the hospital had 10 vacant posts for doctors.

"The hospital cannot retain the services of doctors due to the poor road infrastructure, lack of accommodation and other amenities such as banks, shopping malls," said Dhlomo in a statement.

He said the hospital had tried several times to recruit doctors and failed.

"The hospital has on numerous occasions tried to recruit doctors but as soon as they see the areas they never come back. This is despite the provision of rural allowances, inhospitable allowances and the occupation specific dispensation," he said.

Seven other medical doctors volunteered their services during the Easter weekend at the hospital.

Dhlomo said he would persuade doctors to work at St Appolinaris Hospital.

"Yesterday (Monday) I attended to a number of patients including 22 people who were affected by the ravaging storms that hit the area over the Easter weekend.

"Any health care system that does not serve the poor is not worthy of being mentioned."