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medicaldoctorBusinessLive reports that almost 300 medical students will sit their final-year exams this week, not knowing where they will be doing their internships in 2018.  

Doctors must complete two years of internship training followed by a year of community service before they can qualify and it is the responsibility of provinces to set aside adequate funds to accommodate this.  But the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal have yet to indicate how many interns they will be taking in, mainly on the basis of a lack of financial resources.  The problem has been compounded by the fact that about 100 medical students from 2016 were placed only in September.  In addition, about 800 students from Cuba will be seeking internships in 2018.  Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi met provincial health officials from the Western Cape and Gauteng last week.  "I have told them that this issue of internships is a statutory obligation, which is not up for debate.  You cannot just ignore the law," Motsoaledi said.

  • Read this report by Tokollo Matsabu in full at BusinessLive

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