nursing thumb medium90 93ANA reports that Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has reportedly disclosed that the provincial health department was facing a “critical shortage of skilled nursing personnel”.  

According to Jack Bloom, Democratic Alliance (DA) MPL in Gauteng, Ramokgopa revealed last week at a nurses’ seminar held in Krugersdorp that the health department was operating on a staff establishment based on what the provincial population had been in 2006, when there were 4.8 million fewer people.  This situation has apparently been worsened by a circular to hospitals directing them to fill only 50% of vacant funded posts occupied by retired, resigned and deceased nursing personnel.  “I am horrified by Ramokgopa’s admission that these circumstances led to nursing managers allocating unskilled nursing personnel to attend to patients in critical areas.  This is extremely irresponsible, and raises the risk of medical negligence,” Bloom observed.  He said another bombshell was that “the department does not have an approved organisational structure for the review period 2014-19″.

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