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healthcareBusinessLive reports that the SA Health Review 2017, released on Wednesday, contains the admission that “most provinces have imposed some form of restrictions in terms of filling vacant posts".  

In a chapter written by Treasury staff and health analysts, this revelation is in stark contrast to denials earlier this year by the health minister that posts had been frozen.  The Review outlines that doctors and nurses can only be hired with a premier’s permission and sign-off by provincial treasuries.  The dire financial situation in the cash-strapped economy has translated into the government spending less per person on health.  The response to the squeeze has been to stop building new hospitals‚ to delay maintenance, and to stop hiring staff — even when doctors and nurses resign.  The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) commented that the shortage of health professionals and support staff in facilities seriously compromised the quality of healthcare that patients received.

  • Read this report by Katharine Child in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, How salaries are eating into provincial public health budgets, at BusinessLive


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