Medics welcome Zuma's speech

2011-02-11 16:01

Cape Town - The medical community on Friday welcomed most aspects of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address to Parliament on Thursday night.

The SA Medical Association (Sama) was pleased to hear Zuma announce that government intended to appoint appropriate and qualified personnel to the right positions at various levels of medical institutions.

"It was welcoming to hear that there will be appointments of qualified heads of departments, chief financial officers, hospital chief executive officers, district health officers and clinic managers," Sama chairperson Norman Mabasa said in a statement.

The plan to revitalise 105 nursing colleges countrywide and to train more nurses as well as opening a medical faculty at the Limpopo Academic Hospital to train more doctors, came as news well received.

"We hope this is the beginning of a move towards the reversal of the merger between the Medical University of Southern Africa and Turfloop University, a move which we think was ill conceived.

"The South African Medical Association would be content to assist where needed with regards to any advice needed going forward," Mabasa said.

In another statement, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA said it had over the years emphasised the importance of appointing personnel with requisite qualifications to manage the country's services.

"We therefore call for this move to be implemented without any delay, in particular in the health sector.

"We are delighted that about 105 nursing colleges will be revitalised across the country as this will ensure that more nurses are trained."

However, Denosa emphasised the importance of resourcing these nursing colleges appropriately if the chronic staff-shortages in health were to be addressed.

Government's focus on the continuing fight against HIV and Aids, women's health, including mother to child transmission, was heartening.

However, the delay in making the National Health Insurance policy document available to health professionals and for public engagement was worrying.

Health professionals should have by now been on par with developments around its implementation as they were to ensure that the environment was appropriate for rolling out this initiative.

"We therefore call for urgency in this regard.

"Government should, as a matter of urgency, implement all outstanding resolutions that talk to conditions of service for health professionals to ensure that all these progressive strategies that came out of the State of the Nation address are implemented to the letter," Denosa said.

  • Helen - 2011-02-11 17:29

    Could Mbasa also see to it that all training facilities for nurses are safe and habitable.

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