Question NW2980 to the Minister of Health

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05 January 2021 - NW2980

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Dlomo, Mr S to ask the Minister of Health

(1)With regard to Human Resources for Health being a critical pillar of the Presidential Health Compact, what impact has the COVID-19 pandemic had on the human resources in health since the first positive case was reported in the Republic in March 2020; (2) what (a) total number of (i) doctors, (ii) nurses, (iii) community healthcare workers, (iv) other healthcare professionals and (v) foreign national healthcare professionals have been employed since then and (b) number of the specified healthcare personnel will be retained post the COVID-19 pandemic?

Reply:

(1) The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on human resources in health since the first positive case in the Republic has been enormous. As on 31 October 2020, there were 35 145 confirmed cases of health workers in the public sector of which 25% were in the Eastern Cape, followed by 24% in Gauteng and 18 % in KwaZulu-Natal. During this time 339 public sector health workers died in hospital. Of these 26% was from Eastern Cape, 24% from KwaZulu-Natal and 15% from Gauteng. As a result, as the Ministry, we developed a Strategy to protect the health and safety of health workers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The objectives of the Strategy amongst others include the following:

  1. Protect the physical health of health care workers through prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 infections
  2. Promote mental health of healthcare workers through psychological support
  3. Provide social support for health workers
  4. Education and training of health workers in screening, clinical management and care of Covid-19 suspect or positive persons and occupational health and safety, including training in Infection prevention and control in accordance with national guidelines
  5. Maintain / establish ongoing communication with health workers.

(2) (a) (i) The PERSAL table below indicates the total number of South African citizen doctors that have been appointed from March 2020 up until October 2020

Medical Officer (SA's) Appointed from March 2020 - October 2020

Job Title Description

Total

MEDICAL OFFICER

1863

MEDICAL OFFICER (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

233

MEDICAL OFFICER (INTERN)

276

MEDICAL OFFICER (SESSIONS)

3

MEDICAL SPECIALIST (SUB-SPECIALITY) GRADE 1

13

MEDICAL SPECIALIST

352

MEDICAL SPECIALIST (REGISTRAR)

1

REGISTRAR (MEDICAL)

185

Total

2926

(ii) The PERSAL table below indicates the total number of South African citizen Nurses that have been appointed from March 2020 up until October 2020

Nurses (SA's) Appointed from March 2020 - October 2020

Job Title Description

Total

ASSISTANT MANAGER NURSING (HEAD NURSING SERV)

2

ASSISTANT MANAGER NURSING (PRIMARY H CARE)

9

ASSISTANT MANAGER NURSING (SPECIALITY UNIT)

9

ASSISTANT MANAGER NURSING AREA

12

CLINICAL NURSE PRACTITIONER (PRIM H CARE)

194

DEPUTY MANAGER NURSING (LEVEL 1 & 2 HOSPITAL)

3

LEARNERSHIP (NURSING)

2

LECTURER NURSING

52

MANAGER NURSING (LEVEL 3 HOSPITAL)

14

NURSE STUDENT

72

NURSING ASSISTANT

3574

OPERATIONAL MANAGER NURSING (PRIMARY H CARE)

75

OPERATIONAL MANAGER NURSING (SPECIALITY UNIT)

28

PRINCIPAL NURSING COLLEGE (SINGLE NURSING CA)

1

PROFESSIONAL NURSE (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

649

PROFESSIONAL NURSE (GENERAL NURSING)

4887

PROFESSIONAL NURSE (SPECIALITY NURSING)

365

STAFF NURSE

4284

Total

14232

(iii) The PERSAL table below indicates the total number of South African citizen Community Healthcare Workers that have been appointed from March 2020 up until October 2020.

Community Healthcare Workers (SA's) Appointed from March 2020 - October 2020

Job Title Description

Total

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

31203

Total

31203

(iv) The PERSAL table below indicates the total number of South African citizen other healthcare professionals have been appointed from March 2020 up until October 2020

Other Health Related Professions (SA's) Appointed from March 2020 - October 2020

Job Title Description

Total

ARCHITECT PRODUCTION GRADE A

1

ARTISAN PRODUCTION GRADE A

18

ASD: PHARMACOVIGILANCE

2

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH GRADE 1

2

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY GRADE 2

1

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR RADIOGRAPHY GRADE 1

1

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: CLINICAL SUPPORT L9

2

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: EPIDERMIOLOGICAL RESEARCH

1

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: TECHNICAL SUPPORT L9

1

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-SENIOR: CLINICAL SUPPORT L10

1

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-SENIOR: HEALTH L10

27

AUDIOLOGIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

2

AUDIOLOGIST GRADE 1

12

BOARD MEMBER

5

BOARD OF SURVEY COMMITTEE: MEMBER

18

CARE GIVER

164

CASE MANAGER

2

CHIEF AUDIOLOGIST GRADE 1

1

CHIEF DIETICIAN GRADE 1

1

CHIEF DIRECTOR: HEALTH FACILITIES L14

1

CHIEF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST GRADE 1

1

CHIEF PHYSIOTHERAPIST GRADE 1

4

CHIEF RADIOGRAPHER GRADE 1

8

CHILD MINDER

2

CLINICAL ASSOCIATES

64

CLINICAL ENGINEER TECHNICIAN ASSISTANT

1

CLINICAL MANAGER (DENTAL) GRADE 1

1

CLINICAL MANAGER (MEDICAL)

14

CLINICAL PROGRAMME COORDINATOR GRADE 1

21

CLINICAL TECHNOLOGIST GRADE 1

13

COMM LIAISON OFFICER

1

COMMUNITH HEALTH COUNCELLOR

96

COMMUNITY CARE CCG(SUPERVISOR)

15

COMMUNITY CARE GIVER

1106

COMMUNITY LIAISON OFFICER

60

COUNCILLOR

15

COVID 19: SCREENER

7

COVID-SPRAYERS

159

DD: COMMUNITY OUTREACH SERVICES

1

DENTAL ASSISTANT GRADE 1

39

DENTAL PRACTITIONER

1

DENTAL SPECIALIST

7

DENTAL TECHNICIAN

2

DENTAL THERAPIST GRADE 1

2

DENTIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

3

DENTIST GRADE 1

69

DEPUTY DIRECTOR DQIM

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: WOMENS HEALTH

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY L12

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES POLICY DEVELO

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: HEALTH PROGRAMMES L11

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: HOSPITALS L11

2

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: LSA MANAGEMENT (HEAD OFFICE) L11

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: SPEECH THERAPIST & AUDIOLOGIST L11

18

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: TB HOSPITALS L12

22

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: TB SERVICES L11

3

DEPUTY DIRECTOR- SENIOR: CLINICAL SUPPORT L12

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR- SENIOR: HEALTH L12

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR- SENIOR: ORTHOTIC & PROSTHETIC L12

1

DEVELOPMENTAL YOUTH

1110

DIAGNOSTIC RADIOGRAPHER (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

7

DIETICIAN

40

DIETICIAN (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

2

DIR: COMMUNITY OUTREACH SERVICES

1

ECM SCANNING OPERATOR

4

ELECTRO ENCEPHALOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT GRADE 1

1

EMERGENCY CALL CENTRE AGENT

5

EMERGENCY CARE OFFICER

841

EMERGENCY CARE TECHNICIAN

24

EMS COURSE CO-ORDINATOR GRADE 4

1

EMS LECTURER (PARAMEDIC)

11

EMS SHIFT LEADER GRADE 4

1

EMS STATION MANAGER GRADE 3

1

ENGINEER CANDIDATE

1

ENGINEER PRODUCTION GRADE A

1

ENGINEER PRODUCTION GRADE C

1

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN CANDIDATE

1

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN PRODUCTION GRADE A

3

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN PRODUCTION GRADE C

1

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIST PRODUCTION GRADE A

1

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER (COMMUNITY SERV)

292

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER GRADE 1

76

EPWP WORKER HAST

1

FORENSIC PATHOLOGY OFFICER

97

FORENSIC TOXICOLOGIST

2

GISC TECHNOLOGIST PRODUCTION GRADE A

1

GRADUATE

6

HEAD CLINICAL DEPARTMENT (MEDICAL) GRADE 1

2

HEAD CLINICAL UNIT (DENTAL) GRADE 1

1

HEAD CLINICAL UNIT (MEDICAL) GRADE 1

14

HEALTH CARE WORKER ASSISTANT

1

HEALTH PROMOTERS

12

HOME BASED CARER

7259

HOSPITAL BOARD MEMBER

54

HTS COUNSELLOR

209

INDUSTRIAL TECHNICIAN GENERAL ENGINEERING PROD

2

INDUSTRIAL TECHNICIAN SUPERVISOR CLINICAL ENGINEER

1

INTERN - LEARNERSHIP

598

INTERN (COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRADUATE)

2

INTERN: EPWP OPERATOR

232

INTERNSHIP (CARPENTRY) L6

2

INTERNSHIP (PLUMBING) L6

4

INVIGILATOR

1

LAY COUNCELLOR

1590

LEARNER

84

LEARNERSHIP (CARPENTRY) L2

16

LEARNERSHIP (ELECTRICITY) L2

2

LEARNERSHIP (PHARMACY) L4

4

LEARNERSHIP (PLUMBING) L2

7

MALARIA SPRAYER

386

MAMMOGRAPHY RADIOGRAPHER GRADE 1

1

MEDICAL ORTHOTIST & PROSTHETIST GRADE 1

10

MEDICAL PHYSICIST GRADE 1

3

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST

6

MEMBER OF HOSPITAL BOARD

7

MIDDLE MANAGER (SOCIAL WORKER)

1

MIDDLE MANAGER CLINICAL SUPPORT L11

1

MMC TRADITIONAL COORDINATOR

44

MORTUARY ASSISTANT

20

MORTUARY ATTENDANT

4

NUCLEAR MEDICINE RADIOGRAPHER

4

NUTRITIONIST GRADE 1

4

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER

1

OCCUPATIONAL HYGIENIST GRADE 1

2

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

40

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

10

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TECHNICIAN

3

OPTOMETRIST

7

ORAL HYGIENIST

10

ORTHOPAEDIC FOOTWEAR TECHNICIAN

2

PARAMEDIC

31

PATIENT CARE ASSISTANT

2

PATIENT TRACER & HEALTH AWARENESS MOBILISER

265

PHARMACIST

123

PHARMACIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

82

PHARMACIST (INTERN)

45

PHARMACIST ASSISTANT (BASIC)

39

PHARMACIST ASSISTANT (POST-BASIC)

276

PHARMACOLOGIST(CLINICAL)

1

PHARMACY SUPERVISOR GRADE 1

4

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

58

PHYSIOTHERAPIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

6

PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSISTANT GRADE 1

2

PHYSIOTHERAPY TECHNICIAN GRADE 1

3

PODIATRIST GRADE 1

7

PSYCHOLOGIST

59

PSYCHOLOGIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

26

PSYCHOLOGIST (INTERN)

3

RADIATION ONCOLOGY RADIOGRAPHER

7

RADIOGRAPHER

140

REGISTRAR (DENTAL)

5

REVIEW BOARD MEMBER

6

SAFETY OFFICER SENIOR L8

1

SOCIAL AUXILIARY WORKER GRADE 1

9

SOCIAL WORKER

106

SPECIAL ADVISOR

1

SPECIALISED AUXILIARY SERVICES OFFICER

2

SPECIALISED AUXILIARY WORKER (DENTAL)

12

SPECIALISED AUXILIARY WORKER (LABS)

1

SPECIALISED AUXILIARY WORKER (MORTUARY)

2

SPECIALISED AUXILIARY WORKER (PHYSIO)

1

SPECIALIST FORENSIC INVESTIGATOR

1

SPECIALIST PSYCHIATRY PRINCIPAL L13

1

SPEECH THERAPIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

1

SPEECH THERAPIST AND AUDIOLOGIST

18

SPEECH THERAPIST AND AUDIOLOGIST (COMMUNITY SERV)

1

SPEECH THERAPIST GRADE 1

19

SPEECH THERAPY ASSISTANT GRADE 1

2

SPRAY OPERATOR

354

STERILIZATION OPERATOR PRODUCTION

8

STERILIZATION OPERATOR: SUPERVISOR

1

STOMATOLOGIST

2

STUDENT: RADIOGRAPHY

1

TECHNICAL SPECIALIST

1

TECHNICIAN/TECHNOLOGIST(IT)

1

THERAPEUTIC & MEDICAL SUP SERV PROGRAMME CO GR1

1

TRADESMAN AID

20

ULTRASOUND RADIOGRAPHER GRADE 1

7

VOCATIONAL COUNSELLOR PRINCIPAL L8

1

WORK INSPECTOR INFRASTRACTURE

5

Total

16995

(v) The table below indicates the total of Foreign National healthcare and related professionals that have been employed since from March 2020 up until October 2020.

Foreign Citizenship Health Related Professions: Appointed from March 2020 - October 2020

Job Title Description

Total

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER SENIOR

1

ASD: BIOMEDICAL ENGINEER

1

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ADMIN RELATED

5

ASSISTANT MANAGER BIOMEDICAL ENGENEER

4

ASSISTANT MANAGER MEDICAL PHYSICS

1

BIO MEDICAL ENGINEER

3

BOARD OF SURVEY COMMITTEE: MEMBER

2

CLINICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIST

3

CLINICAL MANAGER (MEDICAL) GRADE 1

6

CLINICAL TECHNOLOGIST

3

COMMUNITH HEALTH WORKER

17

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER PRODUCTION GRADE A

1

CONSULTANT

1

DD: BIOSTATISTICS

1

DD: BIOSTATISTICS TECHNOLOGY

1

DD: EPIDEMIOLOGY & DISEASE SURVEILLANCE

3

DD: EPIDEMIOLOGY TECHNOLOGY

3

DENTIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

2

DENTIST GRADE 3

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR FINANCE

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

2

DEPUTY DIRECTOR MEDICAL TECHNICAL SERV GRADE 1

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

3

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (BIOSTATICS

3

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: INFORMATION

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR: INFORMATION MANAGEMENT(EPIDEMIOL)

1

DEPUTY DIRECTOR:IT MANAGEMENT L11

2

DEPUTY DIRECTOR_ADMIN RELATED

2

DEPUTY MANAGER HYGIENE&EPIDEMOLOGY

2

DIAGNOSTIC RADIOGRAPHER (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

1

ENGINEER

3

EPIDEMIOLOGIST

1

EPIDEMIOLOGY TECHNOLOGIST (NON-OSD)

4

FAULT MANAGEMENT CONTROLLER

1

FORENSIC TOXICOLOGIST

1

HEAD CLINICAL UNIT (MEDICAL)

2

HEALTH TECHNOLOGIST

4

HEALTH TECHNOLOGY (NON-OSD)

3

HYGIENE AND EPIDEMIOLOGY

1

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (BIOSTATICS)

1

MAMMOGRAPHY RADIOGRAPHER GRADE 2

1

MANAGER ADMINISTRATION

1

MEDICAL OFFICER (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

14

MEDICAL OFFICER (INTERN)

10

MEDICAL OFFICER

519

MEDICAL SPECIALIST (SUB-SPECIALITY) GRADE 1

1

MEDICAL SPECIALIST

30

MIDDLE MANAGER(ADMINISTRATION)

4

MIDDLE MANAGER(HEALTH)

1

MIDDLE MANAGER (HUMAN RESOURCE)

2

NA1 NURSING ASSISTANT GRADE 1

4

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST GRADE 1

1

OPTOMETRIST GRADE 1

1

PHARMACIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

21

PHARMACIST (INTERN)

2

PHARMACIST ASSISTANT (POST-BASIC) GRADE 1

3

PHARMACIST GRADE 1

13

PHARMACY SUPERVISOR GRADE 1

1

PHYSIOTHERAPIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

1

PHYSIOTHERAPIST GRADE 1

2

PNA1 PROFESSIONAL NURSE (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

5

PROFESSIONAL NURSE (GENERAL NURSING)

25

PNA5 OPERATIONAL MANAGER NURSING GRADE 1 GENERAL

1

PNB1 CLINICAL NURSE PRACTITIONER GR 1 PRIM H CARE

1

PNB1 PROFESSIONAL NURSE GRADE 1 SPECIALITY NURSING

5

PND1 LECTURER NURSING GRADE 1

1

PROVISIONING ADMINISTRATION CLERK GRADE II SENIOR

1

PSYCHOLOGIST (COMMUNITY SERVICE)

1

PSYCHOLOGIST GRADE 1

2

QUANTITY SURVEYOR CHIEF GRADE B

1

RADIOGRAPHER GRADE 1

2

REGISTRAR (DENTAL)

1

REGISTRAR (MEDICAL)

16

SN1 STAFF NURSE GRADE 1

3

STUDENT NURSE

1

Grand Total

797

(b) At the time of reporting, the Provinces were not in a position to upfront indicate the numbers of health care workers who will be retained as that is reliant on the service delivery needs and availability of budget.

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