No jobs for 200 newly qualified nurses, claims DA

Organisation: Position: Deadline Date: Location:

More than 200 newly qualified nurses finishing their community service at state hospitals in Gauteng province are not being absorbed into permanent posts as happened previously. The Citizen reports that this is according to the Democratic Alliance (DA) who cited a list of 16 out of 36 public hospitals in Gauteng where community service nurses had been told to find employment elsewhere, including Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg where it said 62 jobs would be terminated at the end of February.

Other hospitals discharging large numbers of nurses were Tambo Memorial, Rahima Moosa, Edenvale, Thelle Mogoerane, Bertha Gxowa, Yusuf Dadoo, South Rand, Jubilee, Tara H Moross, Tshwane District, Bheki Mlangeni, West Rand, Kopanong, Cullinan Care Centre, and Weskoppies.

DA shadow member of the executive council for health in Gauteng Jack Bloom said in the report: “A total of 216 nurses face unemployment if they cannot get jobs in the private health sector, as the Gauteng Health Department has advised them to do.

“It makes no sense to spend huge amounts of money on training nurses, but not employing them, even though there is a large shortage of nurses in public hospitals.”

The DA said the cost of training a professional nurse for four years was more than R500,000, after which they would do one year of community service.

The Citizen report

Receive Medical Brief's free weekly e-newsletter

Related Posts

Thank you for subscribing to MedicalBrief

MedicalBrief is Africa’s premier medical news and research weekly newsletter. MedicalBrief is published every Thursday and delivered free of charge by email to over 33 000 health professionals.

Please consider completing the form below. The information you supply is optional and will only be used to compile a demographic profile of our subscribers. Your personal details will never be shared with a third party.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the form.