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Doctor shortage crippling healthcare in KwaZulu-Natal

"Every day it gets worse‚" says Mvuyisi Mzukwa, head of KZN’s coastal branch of the SA Medical Association (Sama). A letter titled "collapse of system" has been written to the head of Sama by Mzukwa on behalf of the province’s doctors. It warns of a growing risk in medical legal cases due to the reduced level of care at short-staffed hospitals. There is only one oncologist in the whole of Durban and South Coast area because they quit en masse due to broken equipment.

There is only one urologist in the whole region. There is also a shortage of anaesthetists across the province leading to delayed surgeries. The letter details vacancies at every major Durban hospital, while at least 15 hospitals are severely affected by staff cuts. Doctors say staff are not replaced when they resign and registrars (trainee specialists) are no longer being trained.

Source: SA Labour News



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