Langa Bodlani, (MPL)
DA Spokesperson on Health:
The DA welcomes the recent Constitutional Court’s decision in a matter against a Limpopo nursing college policy which rejected students on the basis that they passed their grade 12 more than three years prior to applying for admission.
After several months of court battles with the department of health, the High court and now the Constitutional court have ruled in favour of students who challenged the department’s irrational admission policy.
The highest court now confirmed that the Department of Health must pay for the legal costs of this litigation.
This is after the Limpopo College of Nursing was challenged in the high court on its policy to refuse students who had completed matric more than 3 years before they applied to this college for admission.
The college’s admission policy was patently irrational and short-sighted given the massive shortage of nurse in our hospitals and clinics.
This litigation cost will now have to be borne by the department and will add to the department’s huge bill of wasteful expenditure.
In light of this decision health MEC Ishmael Kgejepe, must now urgently review admission policy to nursing colleges so that suitably qualified students are not unnecessarily prevented from attending these colleges.