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Plans in place to address nurse shortage - Tufton

Dr. Christopher Tufton
 
Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton has said plans are in place to tackle the shortage of nurses in the public health sector.
 
Dr. Tufton said this has been a challenge for a while, and last year, the country lost 550 nurses who took up jobs overseas. 
 
"One of the reasons why we can't train specialist nurses beyond what we do is because they have to train in the hospital, in the area that they are specialising in. And because the hospital capacity is limited, you can only train a certain number at a time. So as you expand, you improve the capacity to train more," he pointed out. 
 
Dr. Tufton said his ministry is ready to make adjustments at health facilities.
 
"We have a National Health Insurance Green Paper for discussion and we have a capital expenditure plan, which will see a major overhaul of some of the critical hospital infrastructure and equipment requirements in the country," he said. 
 


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