MEC seeks answers to KZN nursing exodus

By Giordano Stolley Time of article published Sep 13, 2016

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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal’s provincial hospital and clinic managers have been told to interview staff members who resign in a bid to learn why there is an “exodus” of nurses.

According to a statement released by the department on Tuesday, the province’s health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo is concerned at the loss of experienced nursing staff, especially midwives, neonatal and theatre nurses.

“He says the exodus of nurses’ impacts negatively on government’s quest to reduce the rate of maternal and child mortality and morbidity,” health department spokesman Desmond Motha said in a statement.

Exactly how sever the problem is or how many midwives, neonatal and theatre nurses have quit is not known. No figures were provided in the statement or were immediately available.

According to the statement, Dhlomo has asked hospital and clinic managers to show leadership and determine the reason behind the flight of such experienced medical personnel from the department.

African News Agency

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