UK and South Africa to share healthcare skills

The
Government has signed an agreement with South Africa to encourage skills
sharing between the two countries’ health sectors.

The
Memorandum of Understanding offers South African and British healthcare
professionals the chance to go on time-limited placements to the other countries.

It
will also lead to the countries sharing information and expertise in areas such
as public health, professional regulation, workforce planning, public-private
partnerships and hospital-twinning initiatives.

Health
minister John Hutton said: "I am sure that NHS staff will draw huge
benefits from their experiences working in South African healthcare practices,
where they will learn skills that can be put into use back in this
country."

By Michael Millar

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