If the SA Health Department cannot comply with its statutory duty to places nurses for the community service year, it must exempt them, the trade union Solidarity warns in a letter to Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.

Polity reports that this comes after Solidarity had received several complaints from candidate nurses who have not been placed yet. According to Anton van der Bijl, head of Solidarity’s Centre for Fair Labour Practices, the fact that the placement process has become so dragged out is proof of the department’s incompetence to make the placements. “What is particularly disturbing is that this is the very department that has, on many an occasion, pointed out that it was experiencing skills shortages on the ground, yet the placement of qualified nurses is not their first priority,” van der Bijl said. …..more