Critical shortage of health workers

The government is setting the country’s healthcare sector up for failure by not hiring and training enough doctors and nurses, according to SAMA. Dr. Angelique Coetzee of the Solidarity Doctors Network Advisory Committee discussed this with Marcel Gordan. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The government is setting the country’s healthcare sector up for failure by not hiring and training enough doctors and nurses according to the South African Medical Association.

The doctor-to-patient ratio is one doctor per 3,198 people.

READ: SAMA slams govt for not hiring more doctors 

Dr Angelique Coetzee says unless government sorts out the issue of staffing then the country's healthcare will continue to deteriorate.

She said, "It's important to note that the WHO doctor-patient ration should be 1 doctor for 1,000 patients. Now is SA in 2019 it was estimated at 1 doctor for 1,266 patients. However, a few years later we're sitting at 1 doctor for 3,000 patients. We are declining fast, and this is horrible."

"The average practitioner will be retired soon, and there's now plan to train young doctors, we are heading for big trouble within the next five to 10 years."

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