On the 25th of February, RHAP, RuDASA and RuRESA submitted a Letter to the DDG for Health in Mpumalanga Province in relation to three key concerns: the orthopaedics crisis; the over-time policy which disadvantages rural health; and the community service allocations in 2012 to mostly urban areas. Scant responses were received back prompting RHAP and partners to write to the HoD two months later. The Department’s subsequent brief email response included an invitation for a meeting. Rural PARTNERS’ followed up twice in writing to set a date for this meeting yet no response has come forward to date. One of the solutions to the lack of Orthopaedics identified by the Province in 2014 is a registrar programme. This solution, as well as many others, was offered by one of the Orthopaedic specialist back in 2010 but fell on deaf ears. One of the solutions to any health crisis in the country MUST be to listen to the health care workers at the coalface and to welcome critical input and not victimise the messenger. After all, it is a health care worker’s duty to always act in the best interest of his or her patients. Today, 2014, one of the orthopaedic specialists resigned and Health-E wrote about the impact on patients, with comments by RHAP’s Dr Prinitha Pillay
On community service the Province admitted that the 2014 allocations were not in order and promised to improve the allocations for 2015. RHAP will be a close eye on developments.