Nursing Profession Plagued by Unemployment

15 May 2014.


The IFP has expressed concern over the high rate of unemployment of nurses in many provinces and calls on the minister of health to address this problem.


“Thousands of qualified nurses in KwaZulu-Natal, and in other provinces, are unemployed even though this country is facing a shortage of health professionals. If people who have undergone nurse training are unemployed, students will begin to choose other courses with higher employment potential,” said IFP Secretary General, Ms Sibongile Nkomo.


Nurses must be looked after as they play a vital role in serving the country and helping the sick. “We further request the government to make sure that the South African Nursing Council is monitoring private nursing colleges, as there are many claims that these institutions are producing nurses who are not getting employed. Government must assist these nurses to get employment,” said Nkomo


The IFP further calls on the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, to urgently address the issue of nurses who are unemployed as they had marched to his department last year to raise this issue, but it has not been addressed adequately.


Issued by:

Ms Sibongile Nkomo, IFP Secreatary General, 076 553 1240


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Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Officer, 073 024 5675