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Long working hours push SA junior doctors over the edge

SA junior doctors are reportedly working a minimum of 24 hours, leading to fatigue, and in some cases taking drugs.

JOHANNESBURG - A young doctor's death after working a shift of at least 24 hours in June has brought the impact long hours have on South African doctors under the spotlight.

She crashed on her way home from Paarl Hospital on the N1 on 3 June. It's understood fatigue is to blame for her death.

702's Azania Mosaka speaks to deputy chairperson of the South African Medical Association, Dr Michael Sonderup, and Department of Health deputy director-general, Dr Terrence Carter, about the challenges that junior doctors are faced in relation to long shifts.

Listen to the soundcloud above for the full interview.

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