When immigration policies are improved, more overseas health professionals will be allowed into the health sector, the party says.

DA shadow health minister Patricia Kopane said the health department should work on improving its immigration policy and work on the retention of workers to allow for more skilled labour within the sector.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi yesterday in Pretoria acknowledged one of the biggest problems the department is facing is a shortage in human resources.

“We are badly affected. We have decided to enter the battle robustly. Some of the shortages are truly self-inflicted, like in the North West where, after placing the department under Section 100 (1) (b), we found huge vacancies. ….more