nursing thumb medium90 93BusinessLive reports that private hospitals have appealed to the SA Nursing Council (SANC) to allow them to train more nurses, warning that the decision to restrict numbers threatens the pipeline of future nurses.  

The move to restrict numbers also undermines a proposal tabled by the Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) at the Presidential Jobs Summit in 2019 that the sector should train 50,000 nurses over the next eight years to help tackle the critical shortage of healthcare professionals.  While most of SA’s nurses are trained at public nursing colleges and universities, private hospitals have historically played a significant role too.  Nursing training institutions are required to get approval from multiple bodies — the Council for Higher Education, the SA Nursing Council, and the SA Qualifications Authority, as well as the department of higher education & training — before they can begin training nurses on a curriculum for new qualifications, which kicks in from January.  No institutions will be allowed to enrol students for the current qualifications after the end of December.  Hasa’s Mark Peach said private hospitals were being permitted to register far fewer students than they had applied to train in 2020.  Netcare’s Shannon Nell said the SANC had approved only 190 of the 1,125 places it had applied for, while Mediclinic got approval for 113 of the 160 places it had sought.

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