18 January 2013
A recent survey undertaken by SA Institute of
Race Relations indicates that there is still a crippling
shortage of doctors across the country and especially in the
provinces of Limpopo and the Eastern Cape.
IFP Spokesperson on Health Mrs Hilda Msweli,
MP said, "The Department of Health must urgently capacitate our
public hospitals and clinics with the required number of
doctors. We do not want to see another situation arise where
lives are lost because of a shortage of doctors. The tragedy
that recently occurred in Limpopo where four infants died at the
George Masebe Hospital allegedly due to the shortage of doctors
in the hospital, amongst other things, should never have happened
and must never happen again."
The IFP urges with the Department of Health to
encourage more students through outreach programmes to follow
careers in the health services. These fields are critical to the
care and well-being of our citizens and are distinguished career
paths in and of themselves.
Msweli added, "The Department should provide
bursaries to prospective students in these fields. Our public
health system is falling apart. Our citizens are scared of being
treated at public hospitals for fear of being victims of medical
malpractice and our private hospitals are out of the financial
reach of the many. The public health system is in crisis."
In addition, the IFP encourages the Department
to seek other alternatives like temporarily hiring qualified and
legitimate doctors from other countries as a solution to this
crisis as there is no quick fix.
Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Health, Hon Hilda
Msweli MP, 072 513 1833
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Boniswa Tiwe 072 497 1252