Nearly 300 student doctors don't have placements for 2018

Judasa has launched a social media campaign called #UnemployedDoctors to raise awareness about more than 280 final year medical students who don't have placements.

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CAPE TOWN - The Junior Doctors Association of South Africa (Judasa) says nearly 300 medical students are still uncertain about their future.

Judasa has launched a social media campaign called #UnemployedDoctors to raise awareness about more than 280 final year medical students who don't have placements for a medical internship next year.

Sonja Stocks, Ali Bashall and Chad Marthinussen are among the nearly 300 students who still don't have a placement for next year due to a post-deficit.

They feature in a social media call for more intern posts in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

There has been a delay in the placement process, which involves universities posting the number of expected graduates; provinces submitting the number of funded posts and the verification of students who have to work back hours due to bursaries.

Judasa's Western Cape chair Farah Jawitz said: “It started in August and the first-round results were released at the beginning of November. So, we’re now sitting in a place where the people that weren’t placed in the first round have now been second rounded. We’re meant to be opening our second round phase of applications.”

Below are some tweets from the hashtag