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Lockdown claiming private healthcare casualties

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Private medical practitioners have seen a decline in patient numbers of up to 60%, and this could lead to many shutting shop and worsening the critical shortage in medical practitioners in the country, unless drastic action is taken.

The lockdown has started to claim casualties in a section which is crucial not only in the fight against the coronavirus, but healthcare in general – private medical practitioners. Faced with a 60% decline in patient numbers, cashflow challenges, and concern over being shunned by the public healthcare system – despite showing willingness to join forces in the fight against Covid-19 – private medical practitioners have now come up with a fresh plan to mitigate risk of closure of many practices. Major medical professional organisations are calling for the mobilisation of the country’s healthcare resources and health workers, to effectively...

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