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healthcareBusinessLive reports that the Limpopo health department has saved enough money from restructuring its staff complement to hire more specialists.  

But according to its health MEC, it is still grappling such severe personnel shortages that patients are waiting months for operations.  Limpopo health MEC Phophi Ramathuba is implementing a turnaround strategy that includes a massive staff overhaul.  She has slashed the number of senior managerial posts in head office and moved district managers to more hands-on roles as hospital CEO positions, saving enough money to hire 26 extra specialists.  But it was far from enough to meet the demand for services, she said in an interview on Monday.  “We still have serious gaps.  We need 36 more specialists, 200 medical officers, 250 professional nurses and 200 enrolled and staff nurses.  We also need cleaners, groundsmen, porters, laundry assistants and switchboard operators,” she indicated.  The province, which is home to 5.8-million people, has just one state-employed oncologist, one paediatric oncologist and its sole neurologist works part-time.  Over 3,300 patients are on waiting lists for surgical procedures, and another 23,000 need eye operations.

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