Staff shortages affecting hospitals

2012-08-31 12:50

Durban - The shortage of staff in KwaZulu-Natal hospitals was affecting service delivery with hospitals in the rural areas being the most affected, the Witness reported on Friday.

A report presented by the department of health revealed that 18 hospitals were without chief executive officers, there were 2 339 vacant post for doctors out of a total of 5 193 posts, including interns, community service staffers and registrars.

There were 292 vacant pharmacists’ posts out of a total of 910 including pharmacy interns and community service.

Also 3 984 posts for nurses were vacant out of a total of 172 999 posts, 666 vacant specialists posts out of a total of 1 216 and 233 ambulances were operating however the department had 360 ambulances but not the staff to run them.

Provincial health spokesperson Desmond Motha said the money was budgeted for the vacant posts and they had already been advertised, but they were not attracting the people needed.

SA Medical Association branch president Dr Jacob Mphatshwe said the scarcity of doctors hit rural areas the most because of demanding conditions.

Doctors also preferred the urban lifestyle for schooling for their children, accessibility to malls and recreation, Mphatshwe said.

Department head Sibongile Zungu said staff opted for urban facilities despite being offered rural, scare skills and other allowances.

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  • dewalds3 - 2012-08-31 13:08

    Now tell us about the hospitals in the Apartheid days...

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-31 13:18

    Dewalds3 ~ So true. Bara was the leading hospital on the African continent. The hilarious thing about these 'staff shortages' is that it is cANCer's own creation because heaven forbid they employ someone with the wrong skin colour!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-31 13:23

    We know all this. What we would like to know is what the government is going to do about, instead of running away from the issue as they have been doing for years now. Once we know what they're going to do about it, we would then be most grateful to actually see it happen. What are the chances?

  • JHLR73 - 2012-08-31 13:29

    Even when goverment hospitals are fully staffed- it does not make a big difference. Service delivery in goverment hospitals in general have become so non-existent, it is shocking!! They could just as well close most goverment hospitals and save the tax payer a whole lot of money

  • Badger - 2012-08-31 13:53

    ".....and South Africa keeps sliding into the abyss...." Thanks Once Again to our illustrious Leaders, the useless cANCer. A quick note to the masses.......... Keep up the votes you fools !!!!!

  • cathy.dejongh.5 - 2012-08-31 15:57

    If I was offered scare skills I don't know if I would accept either....

  • glenda.mackay.18 - 2012-09-02 17:20

    How many student applied for a degree in medical and were turned down because of BEE and of that accepted how many passed the first or second year? Now BEE is really setting in and showing results!

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