The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has responded to comments made by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi who said changes to the national nursing curriculum have had a negative impact on the profession.
Motsoaledi said that the condensed four-year curriculum structure has weakened the quality of nursing graduates.
Denosa's Simon Hlungwani says it is disappointed with Motsoaledi's statements and the minister seems to be embracing apartheid methods of teaching.
He seems to be embracing the apartheid system, whether it is partly or not partly, but that is baffling for us for a cabinet minister of a democratic system.— Simon Hlungwani, President of Denosa
The minister, what he said is not informed by any research. He should leave us as professionals or experts within this thing to advise him and he should allow himself to be advised in that context.— Simon Hlungwani, President of Denosa
Hlungwani says leadership issues have contributed to problems within the nursing profession.
He mentions widely-published research carried out by Wits University.
It says the major problem for nursing in South Africa is leadership because the Department of Health at a national and provincial level did not have any structural format that deals with challenges and addressing it through programmes.— Simon Hlungwani, President of Denosa
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This article first appeared on 702 : Denosa decries health minister's comments on 'dysfunctional' nursing training