Gauteng denies vacancy crisis in hospitals

2011-01-03 22:34

Johannesburg - The Gauteng health department has approved the hiring of specialists to fill vacant posts in the province's hospital, an official said on Monday.

"It is not true that the hospitals are starting the year in a crisis because of the moratorium on the filling of specialists' posts," departmental spokesperson Simon Zwane said in a statement.

The moratorium was intended to avoid hiring "non-essential staff which only serves to bloat the bureaucracy at the expense of medical and allied health professionals".

He was commenting on remarks made by the Democratic Alliance's Jack Bloom in December.

Bloom said the department had "frozen" posts and this would negatively affect hospitals in the province, which already had a shortage of staff.

"Any new appointments now have to be approved by Dr Kamy Chetty, the head of the department (of health in Gauteng)... this is a retrograde move since it will add to the delays in filling critical positions," said Bloom.

Zwane labelled Bloom's comments as "mischievous, misleading and disingenuous".

"Mr Bloom has been informed that posts will be filled in a co-ordinated manner so that there can be an effective utilisation of resources," said Zwane.

He said his department was prioritising the filling of service delivery posts, which included specialist, medical doctors and other health professionals.

"The information that Mr Bloom has provided for hospitals is misleading, for example Leratong Hospital does not have 75% shortage rate for specialists.

The hospital had 13 full-time specialists, three sessional specialists and the head of department had approved three more posts for the hospital, he said.

He said all hospitals mentioned by Bloom had started recruiting staff to fill vacant positions.

  • phillie - 2011-01-03 23:27

    This smells a lot like racism or apartheid in reverse to me but much much worse.Sounds to me "posts filled in a coordinate manner" is another one of the communist speak terminology of keeping whites out. Rather let the system collapse than employ whites.

  • MP3 - 2011-01-03 23:29

    Sounds like Zwane is over compensating... Guilty conscience? The only "mischievous" behaviour Mr Bloom is guilty of is trying to get the Health Department to provide Healthcare. Imagine that...

  • croix - 2011-01-04 00:33

    "Mischievous, misleading and disingenuous" - Hey, that's exactly the way in which the entire country is run, Zwane! Furthermore, "the effective utilisation of resources" means only one thing ....... The money is only there for fat-cat salaries, fancy cars, parties, trips, hotel stays, etc. Whatever's left over will perhaps be 'utilised' to run the health service ...... or NOT? You all suffer from a very-hard-to-cure "delusion of ENTITLEMENT"!

  • Joe - 2011-01-04 01:26

    The moratorium was to stop the hiring of WHITES, therefor there is a very definite CRISIS in those hospitals right now. They won't be seeing me anytime soon, that's for sure!

  • ArtGee - 2011-01-04 07:03

    I anf many other people have become AWARE of the ANC tactics! As soon as they DENY... DENY... DENY... It really means.... LIE ... LIE .... LIE!!!!!! You don't need to be a medical expert to see the Health Service has gone down the TUBES! Look at the general state of ANY GOVT HOSPITAL from the OUTSIDE, and you can make up your OWN mind! Recently took a person to Prince Moshwene in Umlazi, I almost DIED. Never in my life have I seen DEGREGATION & FILTH like that ANYWHERE! And thats a fairly new hospital!

  • Enigma07 - 2011-01-04 13:22

    So if it were not for the bloom remarks then the posts would still be vacant. The truth is the posts are not filled because of no suitable black candidates, rather freeze the posts than employ whites is the logic here. Racism comes from government.

  • Other Justin - 2011-01-04 17:30

    Yip, posts filled by mostly black underqualified specialist doctors who were chosen, not because they can save lives and perform surgery better, but because they are black. Don't take my word for it, speak to any white doctor working in a public hospital. You might be leagues ahead in terms of your qualifications and experience in your specialised field, but if your white, well then, eish...up yours mate! VIVA F'ING AMAUSELESS F'ING RACIST ANC-PF VIVA!!!!

      Nomaswazi - 2011-01-18 16:04

      Is this about white or Black or its about doing the Job,for me it seems as if white are angry with Blacks for no reason,we all God's creation and he loved us all dispite of the colour of the skin the minite you've realize that Life we'll be easy for everyone in Mzansi,and start to appy in Gov sector stop blaming racism!!!!!!!!

  • Antoinette - 2011-01-31 17:21

    It does sound as if the jobs were only being filled AFTER Bloom said his bit?? Or is it my imagination?

  • gg.gugus - 2011-02-03 09:04

    The Senior Staff at Hospitals must get to their sense, by employing new staff than to keep the vacancies and replace them by working overtimes. In some Hospitals Nurses work unbelievable overtimes, these make difficult for the Department to employ new people and Bad service delivery with tired and arrogant staff

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