Editorial: Against the tide
Five years ago a Department of Health report highlighted the appalling truth about staffing in South African rural hospitals. At that time, over a quarter of medical posts and 33% of specialist positions were vacant. This meant that critical healthcare for the people of rural communities was being delivered by a handful of dedicated health professionals. Now they face further shortage of doctors in 2008.
South African Family Practice Vol. 49 (2) 2007: pp. 3