Three Free State hospitals without doctors

2009-10-01 14:57

THE Department of Health has revealed that three Free State

hospitals have no doctors.

The department was responding to parliamentary questions from the

Democratic Alliance (DA).

Embekweni district in Zastron, Nala district in Bothaville and John

Daniel Newsberry district in Clocolan are the hospitals without doctors.

The DA said other hospitals in the province were in a “dire


“Free State hospitals have only half of the doctors and specialists

that they should have, and 60% of the nurses they need,” said DA’s shadow health

minister Mike Waters.

He said there was not a single hospital that has filled posts for

doctors or nurses.

The DA said it was not clear whether posts were vacant because the

hospitals could not find candidates or the province was refusing to fund the


Waters said the situation could not be left to continue.

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