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The media are once again filled with horrific stories about state hospitals’ inadequacy in treating sick children.
There is a critical shortage of paediatricians and facilities.
The scenario is hardly conducive to the successful implementation of a national health protocol that depends on sufficient competent medical practitioners.
When a Department of Health spokesman was questioned about this state of affairs, he offered an inane and unacceptable solution that embraces an endeavour to increase the number of medical students so that more paediatricians may “come to the party”.
It takes seven years of undergraduate medical study and a further five of postgraduate education to “produce” a specialist in any medical field.
With this in mind, how many more seriously ill children will suffer while awaiting the arrival of the anticipated paediatricians 12 years from now?
Perhaps if this representative of the Health Department had the courage and intellectual capacity to imagine his children suffering the consequences of the debacle in the paediatric facilities, he would be better able to appreciate and comprehend the disaster that is occurring regularly in these childcare programmes.
Dr AM Levin