Health Minister denies delays in medical internship placements

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says a second cycle of internship programmes is expected to start in July.

On Wednesday, Xolani Gwala received an email from an intern doctor, Sherwin , who said he has been waiting to be placed after after the department said the new cycle would begin in May.

There are also claims of a shortage in vacancies.

Motsolaedi shared a breakdown of the number of graduates who are currently unemployed and says there are multiple jobs available.

One has already been placed. I am not sure why it is a problem, eight were given jobs, they pulled out at the third round because they said they are not interested in the hospitals that are left. Six have just passed their exams in June. Eleven have been placed in provinces and they declined.....

Dr Aaron Mostoaledi, Health Minister

As I am sitting here, Free State needs 67 doctors, North West needs 53 doctors, Limpopo needs 141, Eastern Cape needed 70 in January, I made this public even through the media and only 31 were sealed. Not even by South Africans, they had to get Africa Health Placement to recruit internationally.

Dr Aaron Mostoaledi, Health Minister

Sherwin says however there is no clear communication on the website.

The application basically outlines a timeline and on the 1st of March is when registrations should have started, The those applications should have been finalised by the end of April with the placements already sorted and people should have stared on the 1st of May and that is what has been communicated to us by the national, as well as provincial department last year.

Sherwin, 702 caller

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