Vacancies fester as doctors, nurses sit at home

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Vacancies fester as doctors, nurses sit at home

SA’s healthcare under the spotlight as pandemic reveals the sector’s chronic weaknesses

Senior reporter

SA’s health authorities need to lift the moratorium on filling vacant healthcare workers’ posts as a matter of urgency or the country risks spiralling into grave crisis.

The bleak warning comes from SA Medical Association (Sama) chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee, who on Wednesday said thousands of funded but unfilled medical posts needed to be filled before they became redundant.

“You want to lift the moratorium on the current funded posts because if it’s not lifted, the posts will become unfunded posts and they will end up as redundant posts,” she said...

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