Health care system
This month sees the launch of an alternative world health report, a document that will from now on appear every two years.
Department of Health (South Africa)
South Africa faces the most intricate human resource challenges characteristic of health systems in many other countries. Ensuring an adequate human resource pool for the staffing of especially the public health sector is a major task that is complicated by many global and disease burden challenges. Even though the private health sector is not experiencing the same pressures to the same degree, maldistribution within this sector is a serious challenge. Developing a human resource plan for health is very high on the agenda of the National Department of Health. It is globally recognized that a focused human resource strategy backed up by an appropriate implementation plan is a critical ingredient of positive change in health care. Success in this area helps create a positive image and an environment conducive for health care to flourish. Equity, efficiency and effectiveness of the health system depend on the two elements a visionary strategy and a focused plan being appropriately developed and implemented.
A new human resources plan should provide a framework for stemming the emigration of health workers from South Africa, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said on Wednesday.
The cabinet has agreed to the creation of a risk equalisation fund to ensure access to health care for all South Africans, President Thabo Mbeki said yesterday.
Reports in recent weeks suggest that health care in SA is in crisis.
Government has introduced a draft Health Charter aimed at improving access, equity and quality in healthcare and levels of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) in the country.
On the eve of much-hyped G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland health experts have hit out at the English speaking countries in the exclusive club, accusing them of giving aid with one hand while robbing African countries with the other by siphoning off their most precious resource doctors and nurses.
HST seeks to employ a senior research officer to be based preferably in Gauteng/Pretoria.
Government's plan to address the critical shortage of nurses and doctors is months from developing practical guidelines.
Thousands of posts in the public health sector are vacant and the crisis is deepening as nurses, doctors and pharmacists leave in search of better working environments. However, a human resources plan to address the crisis has still not been released despite promises.