More than 3‚000 doctors and nurses recruited in Gauteng
The Gauteng Department of Health recruited a total of 3‚256 doctors and nurses between January and August this year.
It said an open-ended block advertisement for clinical posts which runs throughout the 2016/17 financial year for all vacant funded posts (doctors and nurses) was released by the Department in May 2016.
There was a net gain of 2‚227 nurses by the end of August and 1‚029 medical practitioners.
The walk-in applications and improvement of working conditions through provision of medical equipment was contributing to recruitment and retention of staff‚ it added.
“The availability of health professionals is critical in building an effective health system and contributes towards the attainment of a long and healthy life for all.
The Department addresses vacancies through recruitment and training. Gauteng has continued to be a province that produces the highest number of health professionals at its training institutions‚” said Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu.
Mahlangu said that to increase the number of health professionals in the province the department had advertised full-time bursaries.