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healthcareSowetanLive reports that over 37,000 posts in the public health sector have not been filled, with Limpopo topping the list.  

This shocker is contained in a series of reports on the state of health in provinces by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), based on monitoring efforts which took place from November 2017 until this year.  According to the report, Limpopo had close to 10,000 unfilled posts out of a total of 44,000 funded posts.  Other badly affected provinces included KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), with 8,904 vacant posts, while Gauteng stood at 6,100 posts and the Free State at 4,101.  The TAC blamed the situation on factors such as the freezing of posts by provincial departments, difficulty getting specialists and staff members who either retired or left the system in search of greener pastures in the private sector.  On Sunday, TAC Limpopo chairman Moses Makhomisani handed the report over to the department and observed that during their assessment they found that the shortages impacted heavily on hospitals and clinics.  He said at one clinic nurses had to take on administrative duties because there were no clerks.  The National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) is expected to hold a briefing to outline plans for a day of action.  In a statement, Nehawu said it wanted the department to resolve issues, including the failure to hire community health workers on permanent basis.  

  • Read this report by Zoë Mahopo in full at SowetanLive

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