Is compulsory community service for SA's health professionals a win-win?

Negative attitudes towards compulsory community service for South Africa's health professionals are gradually changing over the years.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to Director of Primary Health Care at the University of Cape Town, Professor Steve Reid, about the issue.

Listen to the interview below:

It's not just doctors who do community service, it's all health professionals.

Prof Steve Reid, University of Cape Town

Initially, only about 25% said they were positive about community service and that was in 1999.

Prof Steve Reid, University of Cape Town

Now, it's gotten up to above 60% where attitudes have changed for the positive.

Prof Steve Reid, University of Cape Town

They hypothesis is that South African doctors and health professionals are resilient. Putting them in the public health system develops this quality of attitudinal grit.

Prof Steve Reid, University of Cape Town

The scheme gets people out to areas they would not otherwise have chosen to go to. Once they are there, they see the magnitude of health challenges that ordinary people face.

Prof Steve Reid, University of Cape Town

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