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medicaldoctorBusinessLive reports that the Department of Health says it will wrap up the placement of final-year medical students in their internship posts this Friday.  

It has confirmed that all South African medical students, apart from 28 permanent residents and five applicants who did not register on time, have been stationed at training facilities and community service posts for next year.  Last week, the department randomly assigned the 300-odd students in limbo who were "second rounded" in a rushed attempt to ensure the 1 January 2018 deadline was met.  Applications for appeals close on 11 December, while students who want to exchange posts among themselves have until this Thursday to do so.  Medical students are legally required to do two years of internship and a year of community service to complete their qualification.  But significant delays in the allocations due to a budget deficit prompted a social media panic and a Department of Health sit-in protest by medical students concerned about whether they will have jobs next year.

  • Read this report by Tokollo Matsabu in full at BusinessLive

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