South Africa needs more medical schools, says Wits professor

Professor Martin Veller says South Africa needs to establish more medical schools to ensure that enough doctors enter the health system.

Professor Veller, the dean of the health sciences faculty at Wits University, says South Africa's doctor:population ratio remains a cause for concern.

We have roughly 0.8 doctors per 1,000 population. The international average is 1.5 doctors per 1,000 population. For economies of equivalent size to South Africa, the average is 2 doctors per 1,000 population.

Prof Martin Veller, Dean of Health Sciences at Wits University

Some reports have questioned the value of South Africa's massive programme for training medical students in Cuba.

It's alleged that Cuban medical training takes two years longer than South African medical training and it costs twice as much.

Prof Veller says South Africa's existing medicine faculties are at capacity and risk compromising the quality of training if the student numbers are increased.

We are still not training enough doctors.

Prof Martin Veller, Dean of Health Sciences at Wits University

We clearly have a shortage of medical doctors and need to increase those numbers.

Prof Martin Veller, Dean of Health Sciences at Wits University

Yes, we do need more medical schools.

Prof Martin Veller, Dean of Health Sciences at Wits University

Listen to the discussion on Afternoon Drive with John Maytham:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : South Africa needs more medical schools, says Wits professor


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Sars office operated with skeleton staff to allow union meeting, says caller

Sars office operated with skeleton staff to allow union meeting, says caller

Senior citizen 'Ruth' called in to the John Maytham show to say a Sars office was depleted after announcement of union meeting.

Why did security fail when CCTV cameras picked up train-fire suspects?

Why did security fail when CCTV cameras picked up train-fire suspects?

EWN's Kaylynn Palm reports on Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula's presser after 18 carriages burnt out at Cape Town Station.

Recreational lobster fishing: 'Brochure two-seasons-old but still applies'

Recreational lobster fishing: 'Brochure two-seasons-old but still applies'

Fisheries Management's Wendy West clarifies questions around the current West Coast rock lobster recreational fishing season.

'Zuma was more loyal to his 'cronies' than to the Constitution'

'Zuma was more loyal to his 'cronies' than to the Constitution'

The Daily Maverick's Marianne Thamm says testimonies at the Zondo commission prove that Zuma never felt bound by the Constitution.

Financial Mail and amaBhungane head to court to obtain Zuma's tax records

Financial Mail and amaBhungane head to court to obtain Zuma's tax records

Financial Mail journalist Warren Thompson explains the motivation for the court application.

CT reverend says refugees need to vacate his church 'for their own safety'

CT reverend says refugees need to vacate his church 'for their own safety'

Reverend Alan Storey says he is not evicting anyone. Instead, he asked them to respectfully leave after several challenging weeks.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Is goat fighting with car door covered by insurance asks Twitter?

[WATCH] Is goat fighting with car door covered by insurance asks Twitter?

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[VIDEO] Family saved from being hit by speeding SUV goes viral

[VIDEO] Family saved from being hit by speeding SUV goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] 'I didn't poop, I peed,' kid excited that he went potty successfully

[WATCH] 'I didn't poop, I peed,' kid excited that he went potty successfully

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Pilot filming aftermath of his plane crashing into ocean goes viral

[WATCH] Pilot filming aftermath of his plane crashing into ocean goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

What causes turf wars between taxi associations? An analyst explains

What causes turf wars between taxi associations? An analyst explains

Public transport analyst Paul Browning says if registration of routes were properly enforced, there would be no wars.