It is becoming increasingly clear that the biggest threat to ensuring equitable access to human resources for health in rural communities is finding the financial resources to appoint those ready to serve. Increasingly austerity measures are being implemented in a way that undermines access to health care. Our contention is that this is unlawful and guidance must be sought from legislation such as the Public Administrative Justice Act as to how critical posts can be protected.
Umthombo Youth Development Foundation (UYDF) is a non-profit organisation with a simple mission: address the shortage of qualified healthcare staff in rural hospitals. They have launched a new website.
While working in rural settings—where the beauty of the landscape is matched by the warmth and humility of its people—is certainly rewarding, I am presented with constant reminders of how far we still have to go to ensure that all people, regardless of the personal circumstance or where they live, have access to the kind of healthcare that our constitution demands.
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