12th September 2013
The IFP calls on the Department of Health to
compensate doctors better to encourage them to stay in rural
areas where they are needed most.
IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Hilda Msweli MP stated
that, “The shortage of doctors in Ceza and Nkonjeni Hospitals in
Northern KwaZulu Natal shows the need for government to step up
efforts to address the shortage of doctors in rural areas.
General Practitioners must be compensated well enough for them
to not only be able to work in rural areas, but also to limit
the number of doctors who leave to become specialists.”
Addressing this rural scarcity of doctors is
fundamental to the success of efforts to achieve universal
health care in South Africa.
“Every year we train a large number of
doctors, but most leave either for the private sector or work in
other countries because of the frustrations they have with the
working conditions” said Msweli.
The IFP also calls for the establishment of
new medical schools closer to rural areas, where students at
these schools will practice in their local areas after
graduation, instead of migrating to the cities. The department
must embark on a drive to encourage graduates to go to rural
areas, while providing them with the necessary support, both
financially and with adequate equipment and medication.
IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs
Hilda Msweli MP, 072 513 1833
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675