The recently introduced online nurses’ application portal has been slammed by Bulawayo Provincial minister Judith Ncube, who called for the whole process to be nullified after it “discriminated” against applicants from Matabeleland.
Residents’ representatives came to my office over the issue and recommended that the praesidium nullify this year’s nursing intake and employ the military way of recruiting staffers.
Army recruitment starts at the district level. This is what residents are proposing not what happened in the enrolment of prospective nurses.
This year’s recruitment of student nurses stirred a hornet’s nest in Matabeleland after the majority of nurses selected for training at Bulawayo’s Mpilo Central Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) were predominantly from outside the province.
Reports indicate that UBH enrolled 10 students from Harare, 4 from Bulawayo and 2 from Matabeleland North and South provinces, while the same regional imbalances were also witnessed at Mpilo Central Hospital.