Nursing shortage caused by poor planning: Denosa

Nursing unions said they are unable to be absorbed into the system because of an apparent lack of funds.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has a severe nursing shortage, yet hundreds of qualified nurses are sitting at home unable to help in clinics and hospitals.

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Nursing unions said they are unable to be absorbed into the system because of an apparent lack of funds.

Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa President Simon Hlungwani credits poor planning for the shortage.

He said nurses have completed their qualifications and are placed in hospitals for community service but provincial health departments have not negotiated for funds from National Treasury in time to retain staff who have been employed for community service.

The North West and Gauteng are the most affected provinces.

Hlungwani encouraged nurses who do not have a placement to seek positions anywhere they can find them, including privately owned hospitals and clinics.

Source
eNCA