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Motsoaledi ‘extraordinarily opposed’ to new private medical institutions

The minister says only the children of rich families would be able to afford private medical training.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he is still extraordinarily opposed to allowing the private sector to build and run new institutions to train doctors.

The minister says while there is a massive shortage of doctors in South Africa and around the world, only the children of rich families would be able to afford private medical training.

Motsoaledi says as a result, only rich people could become doctors while poor people would not be able to.

He says the lack of private institutions isn't the problem.

"South Africa last built a medical school 29 years ago, that is where the problem is. The problem is about having no plans to build medical schools, that's why we want to change it."

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