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Healthcare staff running out almost as fast as beds

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Hospitals are being forced to send patients home early at a high rate, while some asymptomatic healthcare professionals are apparently expected to report for duty despite being positive for the virus.


03 Jul 2020
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Healthcare staff running out almost as fast as beds

Gauteng Department of Health unveils Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital's (CMJAH) ICU ward, 2 July 2030, 29 bedded ICU ward fitted with modern equipment.The Ward was funded by First Rand SpireFund and it will benefit COVID - 19 patients during the pandemic. Picture:Nigel Sibanda

Beds are in short supply, and now hospitals run the risk of running out of nurses and other critical staff, unions have warned. This comes as Covid-19 infections among healthcare workers increase to the point of asymptomatic officials even being asked to return to work despite their positive status. Meanwhile, with hospital beds in high-rate provinces such as Gauteng already running out, a healthcare crisis was feared to already be in motion. The Charlotte Maxeke hospital in Johannesburg saw the unveiling of a shiny new 29-bed critical care unit on Thursday, which will hopefully go some way toward relieving the...

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