The government is set to hire more than 5,000 health workers, including doctors and nurses, to ease the crisis in public healthcare facilities across the country. The Mercury reports that this has been confirmed by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Motsoaledi was speaking after a two-day meeting with the National Health Council when he announced that the posts are part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s stimulus package.
“The health workforce has been diminishing because of economic problems. Provinces were not filling their posts; they were not even filling those which were vacated because health budgets were cut,” Motsoaledi said. …..more