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Your editorial of June 25 refers.
We agree without any reservations that doctors are an important component of the total health service. Efforts have to be made continuously to recruit, train and retain them in the public service for the good of our people.
It is precisely because of their importance that all of us scramble for the limited available doctors and offer disproportionate packages informed by our economies. We decided, in the mid to long term, to train our own students in the province, firmly believing that they will come back to serve their communities on completion of their studies.
We would also like to clarify the misconception that our doctors are moonlighting. No doctor in any of our hospitals is moonlighting. It is out of our own volition that we recruited private doctors to do sessional work (limited hours a day) in our hospitals and return to their surgeries thereafter. This is a general practice everywhere and is legal.
Finally, we agree that the shortage of health professionals highlights a deeper problem, which in our view is not unique to a developing country like ours, that, with all respect, cannot match salaries paid by foreign countries who, despite their riches, fail to train their own professionals.
Mpho Gabashane, spokesman, Mpumalanga department of health and social services