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Denosa concerned about staff shortages

Denosa has urged the Health Department to hire more staff in Gauteng hospitals.

Hospital casualty entrance. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has spoken out against the Gauteng Health Department saying patients are dying as a result of a shortage of doctors across the province.

Overtime payments for doctors and nurses have been a contentious issue in 2013 and have resulted in a number of resignations from public facilities.

Denosa's Simphiwe Gada says the shortages have led to the deaths of five patients at Heyns Clinic in Vanderbijlpark and other facilities have been forced to shut their doors due to a lack of staff.

He says while the department fails to acknowledge these issues, people continue to die.

"[Health practitioners] are paid peanuts, they work overtime which is only paid after two months. The government must correct its human resource plan effectively."

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital is in the process of recruiting specialists following the exodus of doctors.

Since January, 11 anaesthetists and specialists doctors in dermatology, surgery, radiology, internal medicine and paediatrics resigned from the facility.