Monday, October 25, 2010

Staff unqualified for regulating foreign-qualified workers

By Jurina Nkwazi
25 October 2010


The Democratic Alliance will be calling on the health minister to review the composition of the Foreign Workforce Management Programme.

The FWMP is the body who decides whether or not individuals with qualifications in the medical field can work in this country.

DA Shadow Minister of Health Mike Waters said, “In a reply to a DA parliamentary question it was revealed that only one member of the Health Department’s FWMP has a degree in health related matters and one member does not even have matric."

He said,” It seems highly suspect that such a body of importance only has one person with a medical qualification.

"Many applications takes about three years or more to be finalised and this where we have over 60 000 vacancies for nurses,” he said.

The DA has also noted that the FWMP rejects applications on highly questionable grounds such as the application of a British nurse with a Masters in nursing because her degree was too specialised.

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