Union tack­les health min­is­ter

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THE Health and Other Ser­vice Per­son­nel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) yes­ter­day urged Health Min­is­ter Dr Aaron Mot­soaledi to ad­dress the crit­i­cal short­age of staff in the pub­lic health sys­tem. Hospersa gen­eral sec­re­tary Noël Des­fontaines said there ap­peared to be a para­dox where newly qual­i­fied doc­tors re­mained un­em­ployed, while there was a crit­i­cal staff short­age at pub­lic hos­pi­tals and clin­ics. “Hospersa is very con­cerned about this sit­u­a­tion. On the one hand we have a con­firmed short­age of staff, but on the other we hear of qual­i­fied health­care pro­fes­sion­als who re­main un­em­ployed,” he said. Des­fontaines was re­fer­ring to a me­dia brief­ing last week where Mot­soaledi claimed there were 147 posts avail­able for un­em­ployed doc­tors. – ANA

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