Caring for doctors is caring for the community – RuDASA
The story of the 180-bed Madwaleni Hospital in the Mbashe sub-district (with a population of 262 000, and rated the eighth most deprived sub-district in the country) of Amathole on the north Eastern Cape coast, with its 33 attendant clinics, is a cautionary tale which sadly epitomizes so much of South Africa’s human resources for health crisis.
That an entire community’s health needs can turn on the personal life of a single clinical manager (who left in February last year to marry a woman in Johannesburg where he was promptly offered a top multi-facetted academic post), portrays the historical neglect of the country’s health care staffing.
Chris Bateman, HMPG
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Date published: 2011-11-01
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