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medicaldoctorCity Press reports that junior doctors have blamed government’s lack of planning for the emotional roller coaster they faced about starting their compulsory community service this month.  

Although most SA-born junior doctors have been placed in a public hospital, albeit with complications, the future remains unclear for foreign graduates with permanent residency in SA.  Farah Jawitz of the Junior Doctors’ Association of SA (Judasa) said that most graduates had been placed and started their duties last week.  She could not give a final figure of those still unplaced by Friday.  “The small number of South African doctors who haven’t been placed yet are as a result of administrative errors and miscommunication,” Jawitz indicated.  The plight of medical graduates came to a head last month, just weeks before they were meant to begin their community service.  The issue stemmed from a lack of funded posts and insufficient accredited hospitals to host and train the medical graduates.  Meanwhile, when some excited junior doctors reported for work at Helen Joseph Hospital, in Johannesburg, on 1 January they were shocked to learn that there wasn’t anywhere for them to stay.  They were told that those who had completed their internships had not yet vacated their rooms and that the new juniors must confront the seniors and tell them they needed the rooms.

  • Read this report by Vuyo Mkize in full at City Press

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