Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Manto appoints 500 foreign doctors

A-N-C = H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y.

The ANC is so shit-stupid at governing that one becomes numb to it after a while.

The SA gubbermunt continually bemoans the poaching of doctors from Third World countries. Fair enough. But then what does our own gubbermunt do? It pinches foreign doctors from Third World countries too.

Hey Dr Shit-For-Brains Beetroot, here's a suggestion. Why not work towards KEEPING our brain power? You know, things a proper government would do. Combat crime, improve working conditions, stop affirmative action and train more of our own and you may see people will have no reason to leave.

But, nah, much easier to forget all that other stuff and join the worldwide brains poaching business.


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The health department had appointed more than 500 foreign medical doctors to public-health-sector posts in the past 16 months, said Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang on Thursday.

In a written reply to a question in the National Assembly, she said 507 doctors - predominantly from developing countries - were on record as having been placed in specific institutions around South Africa since November 2006.

A further 515 had been endorsed towards sitting for the medical board exams with the Health Professions Council of SA (HPC), and 216 were rejected through the departments of health and home affairs screening process in compliance with the Immigration Act.

Of the 507 appointed, 364 were from developing countries, including 317 from Africa
- mainly the Democratic Republic of Congo (137), Nigeria (133) and Zimbabwe (12). Of the 114 doctors from developed countries, 61 were from Britain, 15 from Holland, 11 from Germany, seven from Sweden, and five each from Australia and Belgium.

Commenting on Tshabalala-Msimang's reply, DA spokesperson Mike Waters called for a policy review.

Did not make sense

On the one hand, Tshabalala-Msimang claimed to enforce a policy of not allowing health professionals from other developing countries to work in South Africa, and on the other hand this policy was blatantly ignored in practice.

The policy was implemented as a way to prevent the worsening of the brain-drain problem in other poorer countries.

"But, 137 doctors working in South Africa are from the DRC, which has one of the lowest ratios of doctors to patients in the world."

The policy of not encouraging doctors from developing countries to work in South Africa did not make practical sense and needed to be reviewed, he said.

(Hat tip: Denise)

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