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samalogo thumb medium85 87News24 reports that the SA Medical Association Trade Union (Samatu) has written to Health Minister Joe Phaahla, bemoaning his department's continued discrimination against Cuban-trained South African doctors.

In an e-mailed letter dated 5 December 2021, the union, through administrative officer Simon Madini, said it had noticed a tendency by the department to implement discriminatory practices in preference of certain South Africans. "To be precise, this refers to a practice where Cuban-trained South Africans are placed at the tail end of the placement list and treated like outcasts in their own country," the email claimed. The union's complaint came after it emerged last week that the national Department of Health did not have funding for 644 community service and 384 interns at government health facilities for 2022.   For the most part, the lack of funding is expected to affect 600 Cuban-trained South African doctors, compared to 64 South African-trained junior doctors. In total, the department needs R824 million to place all 1,028 junior doctors and it has since approached National Treasury for a once-off bailout. Samatu described the ongoing doctor placement crisis as self-made. "It is indeed cause for concern that the department continues to outplay its incompetence time and time again, every time when it is supposed to place doctors in various hospitals. We need to bring it to your attention that the placement of doctors in internship and community service is a statutory obligation,” the email indicated.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Juniour Khumalo at News24

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