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medicaldoctorSunday Tribune reports that after 22 years, the national Department of Health (DOH) has taken a decision to downsize its Cuba-South Africa doctor training programme.  

Although it had been reported that the programme would be suspended for a three-year period, the DOH’s Gavin Steele said it would continue, but the number of students sent to Cuba for training each year would decrease.  “The programme will still be carried out, especially to promote primary health care, which has shown to have great successes when the students return,” said Steele.  The programme had faced criticism over the years with some calling for its termination.  The lack of facilities and places available at local institutions led to students being sent to study in Cuba.  They spend five years in medical school in Cuba before returning to SA to finish their training, which takes between 12 and 18 months.  The decision to downsize the programme was welcomed by the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) Patricia Kopane, who said it was a “waste of money”.


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