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33 medical officers to be appointed at RMSH

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The decision on the urgent appointments follows after medical doctors, specialists and other medical staff earlier this month vowed to down tools after a moratorium was issued to freeze all new appointments.

The Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital. Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Health has indicated that the urgent appointment of 33 medical officers at Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital (RMSH) will proceed.

Departmental spokesperson, Lebogang Majaha said the decision to continue with the appointments was made during a meeting between the Provincial Director General and the Head of Department (HOD) of the Health and Treasury departments.

“During the meeting an agreement was reached that appointment of 33 health officials must proceed. In addition, the MEC of Health, Maruping Lekwene also agreed with the HOD that a number of recently vacated clinical posts must be filled,” said Majaha.

The decision on the urgent appointments follows after medical doctors, specialists and other medical staff earlier this month vowed to down tools after a moratorium was issued to freeze all new appointments.

Medical professionals at the institution said they were facing a dire shortage of staff and that the department’s resistance to appoint staff would cripple the health service delivery in the Province.

They said the department intended to appoint junior staff and community service officers in the vacant positions.

The department at the time indicated that due to the financial predicament facing the provincial government there was a moratorium on the appointment of new posts.