South Africa spends R12 billion (US$880 million) on health sciences education every year but despite producing excellence “in certain areas”, the general picture is one of fragmentation, weak coordination and governance, leading to inefficient use of resources which affects quantity, quality and relevance of healthcare education and training, according to a recent Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) consensus study report.

The report published in June follows the release at the end of May of a statement by the South African Committee of Medical Deans expressing concern at the crisis in the national health system and “systemic failures” in the provincial health departments, which the statement said were negatively affecting both patient care and the training of the next generation of medical professionals. …..more