Disturbing Shortage of Medical Practitioners In South Africa Exposed

It is a widely held view that medical practitioners in South Africa are increasingly unwilling to serve the nation due to several reasons which include poor working conditions. The 2016/17 Annual Report of the Gauteng Health Department has revealed why we should all be worried about this crisis. Medical practitioners in South Africa are abandoning the country’s health sector in such rate that has been described as disturbing. The hospitals in Gauteng alone have over 4000 vacant critical posts.

This revelation was made by the Gauteng Health Department’s 2016/17 Annual Report. The report which was recently tabled in the Gauteng Legislature specified that more than 4000 vacancies in critical medical posts have remained vacant because medical practitioners aren’t interested in taking the jobs.




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