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Mediclinic News : Department denies shortage of nurses

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Department denies shortage of nurses

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2018-04-05

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DAILY SUN While the Limpopo Health Department says there's no shortage of nurses in the province, many qualified nurses are jobless. Over 108 qualified nurses who graduated from South African universities are struggling to find work, while local clinics don't seem to cope with the high numbers of patients on a daily basis. Jacob Adams from the Limpopo National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union said they are speaking to the department, as they've received complaints from unemployed nurses. "We have been in talks with the department. On Friday, we'll be meeting with the MEC to discuss the matter. "All bursary holders were placed and now we want non bursary holders to be placed if they are qualified," said Adams. He said they hope to reach a friendly solution. "I can't tell what will happen but we are hoping for the best." Adams said in the past, the department automatically placed qualified nurses after they had completed their community service. But things changed last year. A department letter addressed to the nurses read: "It has come to the department's attention that there is confusion and anxiety about the allocation and placement of community service and post community nurses at health facilities. "The department would like to explain that treasury approval was received to appoint 295 community nurses and up to 315 post community service nurses. "This approval is based on the names submitted to provincial treasury and contains both bursary and non-bursary holders as per the current database of nurses employed by the department." Health spokesman Thabiso Teffo said the reason for the change is because they realised bursary holders should come first. "Non-bursary holders would have to apply, like any other person," he said. Teffo said the department is working on a rationalisation model which will place nurses at health facilities based on need. "We don't necessarily have a shortage of nurses. "The problem is that some facilities have more nurses than they need and others the other way around," said Teffo. Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba's department is trying to address the shortfall.
Created at 2018/04/10 04:35 PM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2018/04/10 04:35 PM by Mediclinic