Bitter pill for junior doctors

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 South African-born junior doctors have been placed in a public hospital, albeit with complications, the future remains unclear for foreign graduates with permanent residency in South Africa.

About 300 of the 1 900 final year medical students who registered for 1 400 available posts were still without jobs two months before they were meant to start their internship.

However, Farah Jawitz of the Junior Doctors’ Association of SA (Judasa) said that most graduates had been placed and started their duties this week. She could not give a final figure of those still unplaced by Friday.

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