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medicaldoctorThe Mercury reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is among the three provinces which have not filled all their allocated medical intern posts, driving anxious final year students to campaign on social media.  

Michael Van Niekerk of the Junior Doctors Association of SA (Judasa) said the campaign was to raise awareness of the possibility of unemployed doctors if the applicants were not allocated in time to take up posts on 1 January.  Judasa falls under the SA Medical Association (Sama), whose chairman, Dr Mzukisi Grootboom, said 280 final year medical students could be affected.  He claimed that the number of student doctors eligible for internships in 2018 now exceeded the available pool of funded posts in the country.  But, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said there were more than enough posts and it was the provinces that were not releasing the funds to fill them.  Fearing that a “crisis” was looming, Sama and Judasa made a call on premiers David Makhura (Gauteng, Helen Zille (Western Cape) and Willies Mchunu (KZN) “to urgently instruct their provincial fiscus to allow for the funding of more medical intern posts to cover the shortfall.”

  • Read this report by Nosipho Mngoma in full at The Mercury
  • Read too, Medical internship placement delay causing headache for medical graduates, at TimesLive

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