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healthcareTimesLive reports that the Department of Health (DOH) will spend R2bn to fill more than 15,000 posts for health workers across SA’s public health facilities in a move that will provide much-needed employment and help alleviate the staff shortages that have plagued the sector.  

The new jobs include 9,797 newly qualified health professionals — such as community-service dentists, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals — who will be embarking on internships or community-service posts.  In September, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that as part of an economic stimulus and recovery plan, the government would reprioritise R50bn of its budget to create jobs and revive the economy.  The public health-care system has been beset by staff and infrastructure shortages, including a shortage of 47,000 nurses.  The new jobs were announced by health minister Aaron Motsoaledi last week.  Of the more than 15,000 posts — which will be filled from January — 5,300 will be clinical and support health workers across the nine provinces, including specialists.  The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), although welcoming the decision to fill the positions, said 5,300 posts were not enough to ensure that the sector performed at its best.  It added that the pace of filling the positions was too slow.

  • Read Penelope Mashego’s report on this story in full at TimesLive


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