Jack Bloom MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow Health MEC
The Gauteng Health Department has 9510 vacancies out of 72 308 approved posts.
This is revealed in the Department’s 2013/14 Annual Report that was tabled recently in the Gauteng Legislature.
The overall vacancy rate is 11.7%, with higher vacancies in skilled medical positions.
Gauteng hospitals are short of 420 doctors out of 2397 posts (17%) and 2208 professional nurses out of 15 537 posts (23%).
Other high vacancies are as follows:
Professional Nurse Students – 1054 vacancies out of 4706 posts (22%)
Pharmacists – 96 vacancies out of 546 posts (17%)
Medical Practitioner Interns – 187 vacancies out of 1084 posts (17%)
Medical Specialists – 309 vacancies out of 2536 posts (12%)
Staff nurses – 870 vacancies out of 7071 posts (12%)
Last year 5231 staff left the department, of which 2173 (41.5%) resigned and 1669 left because their contracts expired (32%).
The high vacancies are a major reason for poor service in Gauteng hospitals. It compares poorly with the 4.7% vacancy rate in the Western Cape Health Department.
Every effort must be made to fill posts at Gauteng hospitals, including improved conditions to attract skilled personnel.