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healthcareNews24 reports that a parliamentary committee says the high vacancy rate at the troubled Addington Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has negatively impacted healthcare in the province.  

The select committee on social services on Wednesday said the high vacancy rate of medical professionals had a direct link and impact on the quality of healthcare services rendered to the public.  The vacancy rate of medical specialists at the hospital currently stands at 29% and the vacancy rate for medical officers is at 28%.  The hospital has a further 38% vacancy rate for its heads of clinical units and a 14% professional nurse vacancy rate.  Chairperson of the committee, Cathy Dlamini, said the statistics were alarming in the context of the workload that the current staff complement have to carry.  "The committee reiterates its view that filling of vacancies within the health portfolio must be prioritised  It cannot be that the freezing of posts occurs even at hospital level because the issues dealt with at these institutions are matters of life and death," she said.

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