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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that failure to fill vacant posts for psychiatrists and psychologists is compromising the provision of mental healthcare services in the public sector.  

In 2014, about a third of available posts were not filled and there is no indication that this situation has improved.  Experts also blame the shortage for what they view as an impending crisis in Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape, where more than 100 awaiting trial prisoners have been waiting for more than two years to be assessed on their fitness to appear in court.  Health Minster Aaron Motsoaledi indicated in June that 114 people were being housed in correctional services facilities due to inadequate mental health facilities in Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.  Data from 2014 from the provinces shows that fewer than 600 psychiatry and psychology specialists were servicing 45-million South Africans who did not have access to medical schemes.  

  • Read this report by Michelle Gumede in full at BusinessLive

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