Health worker crisis looms
According to the latest projections by the World Health Organisation the world might experience a shortfall of 18-m healthcare workers by 2030. This will have deadly consequences for patients, economies and communities. (Saturday Star, 17 April 2021)
South Africa’s Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) also issued a stark warning this week after the release of critical skills shortage data.
South African Medical Association (Sama) chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee said the association is aware of the workforce shortage. She said it doesn’t help to have a lot of healthcare workers and allied healthcare workers can’t get posts because there is not enough money on a provincial level to pay these people.