700 nurses have been left in the lurch after they thought they were successful in their applications to study in 2018.
Simon Hlungwani, President at the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) says these nurses went through a vigorous selection process. The process ended in October and led them to the believe that these candidates had secured a place of study in the new year.
They were given an impression that they were successful, therefore they would be taken to study from January. But while they were waiting for letters of confirmation, they got SMSs that told them there was not going to be an intake.— Simon Hlungwani, President at Denosa
We understand that the department claims that they don't have money, or budget to cover the cost for that. Our major concern is that this will create a dire shortage of nurses and a challenge for the country going forward.— Simon Hlungwani, President at Denosa
Hlungwani says the fact that this is happening so soon after they downsized and closed nursing colleges will just add to this shortage.
He adds that this situation is happening in the Gauteng region and concerns the Gauteng department of health.
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