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nursing thumb medium90 93AfriForum said on Tuesday that the critical and increasing shortage of nursing staff in SA was a fatal weak point in putting the envisaged National Health Insurance (NHI) into practice.  

The civil rights organisation noted recent reports that various problems – especially the retirement of older nursing staff – were threatening the occupation.  Dr Eugene Brink, health spokesperson at AfriForum, commented that even though the issue surrounding nursing staff was an acute problem that would worsen even more, there were also other drawbacks in the health system that were nipping the NHI in the bud.  “The NHI plan is harmful and will simply just not work – the shortage of nursing staff is only one symptom thereof.  A lot of nursing staff and doctors are emigrating or leaving the occupation due to the overall precarious conditions in the public health sector and the sword of NHI that hangs over the private sector,” he said.  Brink went on to comment:  “The ANC government is dreaming if they think they can institute the NHI plan in an environment in which your resources are becoming more scarce.  They will need to do away with the administrative obstacles and red tape to give training via the private sector some momentum and then give some much-needed attention to the other aspects in the system that are driving staff away.”

  • Read AfriForum’s press statement on this matter at Politicsweb

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