SA’s healthcare system is broken, and neglecting its workers

SA’s healthcare system is broken, and neglecting its workers
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The country’s healthcare system could be ill-prepared to deal with the coming influx of coronavirus cases, as the sector is plagued by unfair labour practices and poor treatment of workers. A report by Oxfam South Africa found that nurses, who are the backbone of South Africa’s national health system, as they make up 77% of the sector, were underpaid for the work and hours put in.  Some nurses can work up to 24 hours without a break. The sector also had a shortage of professional nurses, as only half the number were employed between 2012 and 2016 as compared to…



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