Health Dept admits too many problems with med intern placements
The Health Department has conceded it needs to review the process behind medical community service and internship placements.
CAPE TOWN - The Health Department has conceded it needs to review the process behind medical community service and internship placements.
Medical students still waiting for placement will be able to check on the status of their applications on a dedicated website.
Affected students across the country have voiced concern over the department's lack of communication and a delay in the process.
Health Department Director-General Precious Matsoso has admitted there were too many problems with this year's placement process.
“We have to review how our internships are done. It is quite clear we need to be proactive and recognise that people are needed.”
Dozens of students voiced concern over social media, and many shared their plight with Eyewitness News.
One medical students says she’s anxious and in an “uncomfortable space” as she waits to be placed for her internship.
Another became emotional: “You’ve worked your four years and done your hours, you just need to be placed.”
The department admits communication should've been better.
December is on Friday and applications have still not even opened for posts that are meant to start on 1 Jan (that inevitably require us to move, find housing, terminate existing leases). No solutions have been put forward. No communication from the department. #unemployeddoctors— Tiago Soares (@tigs_7) November 28, 2017
It’s not only the doctors, audiology practitioners have not been placed. The system “helpline” not answering, no information at all. People need to give notice on their accommodation and find new. How? Exasperated. Help!— Zelia Soares (@zeliasoares) November 28, 2017