Private institutions 'produce more nurses'
Johannesburg - Private training institutions produce more nurses than public training institutions, the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Monday.
This was according to the SAIRR's latest survey which found that by 2009, private institutions were producing 68% of all nurses, while public institutions were producing 32%.
About 7 493 nurses were trained in 2009 in both private and public institutions.
"This is a small number considering the current dire shortage of medical personnel," said Nachi Majoe, a member of the institute’s research department.
In the Eastern Cape in 2009, there were 26 000 unfilled vacancies for nurses. Mpumalanga followed with 4 137, and Limpopo with 3 829. The Northern Cape had 649 unfilled vacancies and the Western Cape 465.
Figures for the other provinces were not available.
"This shortage is one of many explanations for the disarray in the public health sector," Majoe said.