Thursday, January 10, 2013

Health department to assess doctor shortage allegations

Athenkosi Mvane
10 January 2013

The Health Department is working on determining the number of doctors necessary for the public healthcare system.

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi says South Africa is not doing well on the doctor to patient ratio. 

The minister says as to the determination of the number of doctors that are needed per hospital per province per facility, they are using the World Health Organisation system called WISN and are still busy with it. 

He says at the moment the ratio that is being used is the doctor per population and the WHO has said that type of formula is not working well anywhere. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Joe Malia said that department is still working on that formula, to determine how many doctors are there and will publish it as soon as it is finalized.

“The Minister was reacting to the allegation that 2 000 doctors are needed Limpompo after the death of four babies at a hospital” Maila said.

“We think this is not about the shortage of doctors that might have contributed to that problem” Maila added.

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