Hospital has doctor shortage

2017-09-22 06:00

SOME patients who need medical attention at EG & Usher Memorial Hospital are turned away
and told to return the following day because of a shortage of doctors there.

The Fever visited the hospital after several complaints surfaced on social media about the shortage and found many patients waiting on benches outside the outpatient department for assistance.
A staff member then told them to return the next day because there were not enough doctors.

A man, who did not want to be identified, blamed the Department of Health for not allocating sufficient doctors to the hospital, resulting in many patients not getting the help they desperately need.
The man said Kokstad residents do not have money to go to private hospitals or to hospitals outside Kokstad to seek help and appealed to government to provide more doctors for Kokstad.

According to Democratic Alliance MP, Francois Rodgers, the hospital
has faced this situation for the past two years, but says government
seems to be failing to address the problem.

“I have been engaging with the MEC of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, but nothing has been done.
“I will continue to challenge the MEC on the ridiculous reasons why
rural allowances are not being paid to doctors at EG & Usher Memorial Hospital.

Spokesperson for the KZN Department of Health, Sam Mkhwanazi, said the shortage of doctors is not only a KZN phenomenon, it is a problem
facing the entire country, especially in rural areas.

“Most doctors choose to work in cities or private sectors for various reasons, which affect hospitals,” said Mkhwanazi.

He confirmed the hospital has six doctors.
An additional doctor is due to start there next month, and the hospital is in the process of recruiting more doctors.




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