Editorial

Surgery and anaesthesia in the South African context: Looking forward

N Patel, M Peffer, A Leusink, N Singh, M Smith

Abstract


The National Forum on Global Surgery and Anaesthesia presents the first step towards the objective acknowledgement of the challenges of providing safe, accessible, effective and affordable surgical and anaesthetic care in the South African context. Incorporating the input of local and international, surgical, anaesthetic and public health, academic and non-academic, and private and public stakeholders, the foundation to systematically discuss and tackle issues of infrastructure, workforce, service delivery, financing and information management challenges has been formed. It is now incumbent on us as the medical community to continue this momentum and effect real change.


Authors' affiliations

N Patel, Department of Paediatric Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

M Peffer, Department of General Surgery, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

A Leusink, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa

N Singh, Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sefakgo Makgathu University, Pretoria, South Africa

M Smith, Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Keywords

Surgery; Anaesthesia; South Africa; National Forum on Global Surgery and Anaesthesia

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2016;106(2):135-136. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i2.10529

Article History

Date submitted: 2016-01-10
Date published: 2016-01-10

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