As a final year medical student who has completed her studies with an aggregate above 70%, ….. has just been informed that the Department of Health has no placement for me, and a multitude (almost 10% of all MBChB graduates of the class of 2017) to do my obligatory internship in 2018. I am thus officially an unemployed medical doctor in a 3rd world country continuously complaining of its lack in medical doctors.
I am further one of the few applicants who initially ONLY applied for non-restricted / RURAL placement in response to the ministers comment in the previous year, that medical students refuse to work outside the larger metropolitan areas.
Up until this point every single promise made by the department was blatantly ignored or dismissed. The proposed timeline stated that the placements would be issued in August 2017. The first found results were however only released on November, 3rd.
In response to the rumours that there would be a post deficit, the minister of health boldly promised that all graduates would be placed and that funds would be made available. On November, 29th the minister stated that all qualified final-year medical students, including those in ancillary services, will get internships. He further warned that, if necessary, he would take the provincial governments of Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal to court over the ‘annual ritual’ of failing to meet statutory funding obligations.
On December 2nd however a large proportion of graduates were informed via the NDoH ICSP online system that they had unfortunately not been placed. This without any further explanation, apology or word of advice as to what steps would be taken to take care of this massive problem.
To put this in context: We have just spent 6 years of our lives – not even to mention the incredible financial cost of a medical degree- only to arrive at a dead end where we literally cannot work as medical doctors unless we conplete this obligatory internship. The department of health is thus depriving us of our basic human right to employment, as we are not even able to apply for any other enployment that our degree would otherwise enable.
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The public needs to be made be aware of this, as the country is busy losing all of its future healthcare providers – as I, for one, cannot think of many graduates who would willingly stay in a country that treats its young doctors with such disregard.
To say that we as unemployed doctors are at our wits end would be a massive understatement.
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