Overcoming the doctor shortage in South Africa

The alarming article published in The Times regarding the effects of doctor shortages on the healthcare system in KwaZulu-Natal raises the question: how did we get here? The following infographic answers that question and provides suggestions for how to address the problem. What is certain is that something needs to be done urgently.

Sama KZN to protest the sorry state of healthcare in the province

By staff writer, Tuesday 18 April 2017, bizcommunity.com. To highlight the poor state of public healthcare in the province, the South African Medical Association’s (Sama) KwaZulu-Natal coastal branch has resolved to embark on protest march on Friday, 5 May. The branch has called on all doctors and specialists, as well as all allied health and […]

KZN health in bad state

By Katharine Child, 18 April 2017, timeslive.co.za. The healthcare system is collapsing in KwaZulu-Natal as hospitals are short-staffed and filled with broken equipment. “Every day it gets worse,” said the head of the KwaZulu-Natal coastal branch of the SA Medical Association, Mvuyisi Mzukwa. Mzukwa wrote a letter to the head of the SA Medical Association […]

Health-e: Grim findings after health facilities are inspected

By Kerry Cullinan (for Health-e news), 18 April 2017, dailymaverick.co.za. An inspection report of over 600 public health facilities makes grim reading – both because many facilities have deep-rooted problems and because the report is riddled with mistakes and incoherent at times. The vast majority of South Africa’s clinics failed to score more than 50 […]