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
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
Ms Sibongile Nkomo, IFP Secreatary
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