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nursing thumb medium90 93EWN reports that as the world gears up to commemorate International Nurses' Day on Sunday, the Life HealthCare Hospital group said that the hotly contested NHI Bill needed more nurses within the healthcare sector in order to be implemented without a hitch.

The hospital group weighed in on the feasibility of the bill at a media briefing on Wednesday. It warned that in order for the bill to be effective, the immediate training and absorption of more nurses into the country’s healthcare system was vital. Often referred to as the backbone of the healthcare system, both public and private, thousands of nurses reportedly sit at home, unemployed and unable to provide much-needed services. Life Healthcare called on government to prioritise citizen health by training more nurses. In 2019, several private hospitals appealed to the SA Nursing Council to lift a restriction on the number of nurses private hospitals could train. To date, SA's two biggest hospital groups, Netcare and Mediclinic have only trained 303 nurses. Life Healthcare CEO Pete Wharton-Hood commented: "In the context of why, I am not getting any reasonable answers. We look at it and say hang on a minute, there is something at play here that we do not understand. We know that we have to train more nurses, we are not stopping." He reiterated that private healthcare providers were more than willing to extend a hand to the public sector to mitigate the critical nursing shortage.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mongezi Koko at EWN

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