SA’s kidney specialists are exhausted and ready to emigrate

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SA’s kidney specialists are exhausted and ready to emigrate

Overworked, overstressed and underpaid, nephrologists are reaching breaking point

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SA has five million people suffering from chronic kidney disease, but there are few specialist doctors in the country, and more than 10% of those who are practising want to emigrate.

This is because kidney specialists are burnt out from excessive workloads, poor pay and often having to make difficult decisions that see some patients excluded from life-saving dialysis.

A new study by Stellenbosch University, which recently appeared in PLOS One, has revealed not only is there an insufficient number of nephrologists in the country, but the unequal distribution of these kidney specialists across provinces and between public and private health care has resulted in most being overburdened with work...

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